World Series Preview

Posted: October 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

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For the first time in Major League history, the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers will meet in the Fall Classic beginning tonight on Fox. For those who are willing to brave the monotone stylings of Joe Buck and the “Romnesiac” to his right, Tim McCarver; this should prove to be an exciting series packed with star power and superstar aces. 

The Tigers, who finished the regular season with just 88 wins, are in their first World Series since losing to St. Louis in five games in 2006. The Giants, meanwhile, return to the championship for the second time in three years; having defeated the Texas Rangers in five games in 2010. 

Game one will feature 2011 MVP and Kate Upton’s new boyfriend (which I guess would make him 2012 MVP of life) Justin Verlander facing off against 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner and renaissance man Barry Zito. The lanky lefty was notorious for years in San Francisco not because of his production, but rather his price tag. Now, Alyssa Milano’s ex is tearing up the baseball world and will get his first chance to pitch in a World Series game after being held off the Giants’ 2010 playoff roster.

Both team’s offenses have sparked them this postseason. But, it’s hard not to prefer Detroit’s over San Francisco’s. Yes, the Giants used an impressive offensive outburst to key a comeback from a 3-1 deficit to the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. But, can one reasonably expect a mediocre hitter like Marco Scutaro to replicate his 14 hit performance from that series? Meanwhile, Detroit has proven pedigree in Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. 

Both teams have issues in the bullpen. The Tigers have had to deal with an erratic Jose Valverde all season following a 2011 campaign in which he didn’t blow a single save. The Giants lost Brian Wilson early in the season and have been utilizing a closer by committee for the majority of the season. 

It’s never easy to predict a World Series. Especially one between such even teams. But, Skood Sports never shies away from a challenge. After much thought, we have to go with the Detroit Tigers in seven. This will be a fantastic series between two teams that are so similar straight to the colors of their uniforms. But, with Justin Verlander going potentially three times in the series, we cannot and will not pick against the Detroit Tigers. 

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