Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 10/24/12
As the 2012 World Series kicks off tonight, if course there has been a lot of discussion about the two participants. Coming into this season, the Tigers would be considered the favorite. But, the Giants had more regular season wins (91-88) and they also have homefield advantage because of the National League’s victory in this year’s All Star Game. Of course, the NL got their early runs off AL starter Justin Verlander, led by 3B Pablo Sandoval and the currently suspended Melky Cabrera. Matt Cain was the starter for the NL. But still, many think the better team on paper is Detroit, who clearly have the better star power. Another advantage that may be mistaken is behind the bench. Jim Leyland brings his several postseason appearances and leadership against Bruce Bochy. On the surface, it would seem you compare the managerial numbers and it should be a mismatch in Leyland’s favor. Right? Not necessarily. Leyland won his first three division titles with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1990-1993,
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