In approximately 90 minutes the Detroit Tigers will face the San Francisco Giants for the Championship of Major League Baseball.
TigerTizzy.com will keep you updated with as much World Series coverage as our staff can provide.
I was hoping to be able to analyze the lineups for both teams and break things down position by position and provide in-depth analysis.
Not gonna happen….too many other things going on for that so..
Here is my World Series prediction: Detroit Tigers in 6 games, with either Justin Verlander or Prince Fielder as the MVP.
Most Important player in the World Series:
Justin Verlander. He’s the best pitcher in baseball, but until this season his career has been diminished some by his lack of post-season success. Unlike when 2006 when the Tigers faced the St. Louis Cardinals, J.V is not only, no longer a rookie and the ace of his team, but the ace of all aces.
Most Important Hitter:
Delmon Young. Can the ALCS MVP continue his current hitting? Or revert to the enigma that caused him to be the “poster boy” for frustration of Tigers fans for most of the season.
Most intriguing player: Jose Valverde
“papa grande” and the Tigers organization feel that he has fixed the flaws with his delivery and he is no-longer considered a liability from the bullpen. This
lineup is not filled with LH batters like the NY Yankees, meaning that
Phil Coke won’t be as effective against
the Giants as we was the Yankees. If
the closer “by default” starts to falter, Jim Leyland might be forced to resort
to the guy that has logged 84 saves for Detroit
over the past 2 seasons.
Most Important player (Not) in the World Series:
Melky Cabrera. The 1st Half NL MVP and All-Star game MVP is not on the Giants post-season roster due to his suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Cabrera was leading the Giants in Slugging and total bases prior to his suspension and was a key switch-hitting bat in the
San Francisco lineup. His place has been taken by Gregor Blanco who
hit .244 with 5 HR and 34 RBI. Blanco
will hit 7th in the Giants series opening lineup.
Most Important Hitter:
Marco Scutaro, the veteran infielder was the NLCS MVP. Scutaro hit .500 and was on base at a .533 clip during the series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. Scutaro will hit 2nd and play Second base for the Giants in the series.
Most intriguing pitcher
Madison Bumgarner-LHP. The 22 year-old Bumgarner is the key to the Giants success against a Tigers batting lineup that hit .260 vs. Left Handed starters over the course of the 2012 season. Can this young pitcher with control his nerves on a stage like this?
It’s no coincidence that Manager Bruce Bochy is starting LH’s Bumgarner and Barry Zito in games 1 and 2 of the Series vs. the Tigers.