The reason being that the Giants are a more sound and balanced squad than Detroit.
While the Tigers do possess one of the more dangerous lineups in baseball they seemed to have caught whatever monkey was on the Yankees’ backs. In other words, when one guy can’t hit the rest of the lineup can’t hit. It has gotten so bad that Tigers fan and rapper Eminem has offered to pinch-hit for them!
But give credit to the Giants’ rotation and bullpen who have been lights out in their last five games, throwing three shutouts.
Detroit threw their one-two starters to the mound hoping to at least split if not take a series lead back to Detroit, but were outplayed by Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner.
Let me say that again: Zito outpitched defending Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander while Bumgarner – who hasn’t pitched since Game 1 of the NLCS – was much better than Doug Fister. Bumgarner pitched just seven innings, had eight strikeouts and easily could’ve pitched a complete game, having thrown only 86 pitches. The Giants have yet to send their one-two punch to the mound in this series.
The next complement to the Giants goes to their lineup. While it may not be the threat that Detroit’s is, it is a hell of a lot more patient and knows how to play small ball. In Game 2, Fister had a six inning night in which he allowed four hits and only one walk. Yet he threw 114 pitches. Rarely did the Giants swing at a bad pitch and if they did, they fouled it off and somehow ran the count full, working Fister on every at-bat. In the bottom of the seventh, Gregor Blanco’s bunt stayed in fair territory to load the bases for Brandon Crawford. He grounded into a double play, but the Giants still grabbed the lead.
All season long, the Tigers were criticized for their poor defense, but nevertheless found a way into the playoffs and the World Series. Even though the defense hasn’t made a major error all series, it has been outshined and outperformed by San Francisco’s.
Blanco robbed not only Miguel Cabrera of a base hit, but also Prince Fielder in the opener. In Game 2 he came up with arguably the best defensive play of the season: Delmon Young’s double ricocheted off the left field wall in foul territory but Blanco was able to grab it, make a great throw to Marco Scutaro, who threw a perfect bullet to Buster Posey to tag Fielder out at home, and keep the scored knotted up 0-0. Pablo Sandoval continued his heroics, snagging a rocket line drive off Cabrera’s bat.
I don’t get that call by the Tigers’ third base coach to send the 275-lbs Fielder all the way home from first. If he holds him, the Tigers have to two men in scoring position with no outs. Any base hit gives them a 2-0 lead and probably ties the series a game apiece with the way Fister was pitching.
Lastly, I have never seen a more dominant, relaxed bullpen than San Francisco’s, who throughout the game is having fun and pulling pranks on their teammates in the dugout. That camaraderie and team spirit is exactly why the Giants are up 2-0.
I picked the Tigers to win this World Series and after two games of watching these two squads I believe the Series ends in Detroit. If you’re good at math, you can figure out who will the championship.
If Theo Epstein wants to model the Cubs after another team to have future success, it should be these Giants and not his previous team in Boston.
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