“This year’s World Series is brought to you by Giant Tiger!” Thank you TSN’s Sportscentre for that little gem! This year’s World Series match-up is no surprise, unlike the way both teams reached their current positions.
The Tigers, entering the playoffs as neither a favourite, nor an underdog, beat the Oakland A’s in a gruelling 5-game series. Then, behind Triple-Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, and reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander, the Tigers completed the impossible and swept the beloved and hated New York Yankees. Baseball fans that know more players’ names than just Derek Jeter or live outside of New York collectively became fans of the Tigers after they humiliated the Yankees. Entering the World Series after sweeping the hated Yankees, the Tigers look both calm and strong all around as a team.
The Giants are the 2011 Cardinals of this post-season: aka, the comeback kids. Down 0-2 to the Reds and then down 1-3 to the Cardinals, they have swept their elimination games to come back in both series, and they are definitely the hottest of the two teams going into the World Series. Behind all-star pitching of Matt Cain and Tim Linceum, and riding the increased play of NLCS MVP Marco Scutaro and their all-star catcher Buster Posey, the Giants will not go down without a fight.
I predicted this match-up from the beginning of the playoffs. The Giant Tiger World Series will shape up to be one of the best in many years. Both teams are riding highs: the Giants in their remarkable come-from-behind wins, and the Tigers through their consistent domination so far in the playoffs.
Both have unlikely players elevating their play such as Marco Scutaro (as previously mentioned) for the Giants and Delmon Young for the Tigers. And yes, I was surprised too to hear that Delmon Young was still in the Majors, let alone named the ALCS MVP. We cannot forget the pitching for both teams with Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum for the Giants, with Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer making life for the batting on both sides extremely difficult.
The keys to winning the World Series for both teams:
San Francisco Giants:
- Stop relying on Buster Posey so much. They NEED continued support from their secondary batters.
- Lincecum needs to keep his game elevated in the playoffs after his disastrous season.
- Break down the Giants pitching and defense; keep those bats swinging!
- Verlander, Scherzer, and the rest of the Tigers bullpen NEED to pitch at an extremely high level – especially with the Giants averaging almost 5 runs a game in these playoffs.
My prediction is simple: The Detroit Tigers will win their 5th World Series title in a grueling and hard fought 7 game series.