The 2012 MLB season has come to an end, far sooner than the Detroit Tigers and their fans were hoping for. First and foremost we must congratulate the San Francisco Giants for obtaining the ultimate baseball goal for the second time in the past three years. They made every play and they were at their best when it counted most. They earned it and there is no taking that away from them.
We now turn our attention to our Detroit Tigers. Many want to play the blame game, and there is certainly enough blame to go around. However, it seems that the big three of Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera, and Prince Fielder deserve most of it.
A few facts:
The Tigers ace threw just four innings in this World Series and had an ERA of 11.25. He gave up six hits (two of which were home runs) and five earned runs. He did strike out five, but for his career he is 0-3 in the Fall Classic with an ERA of over eight.
Miguel Cabrera tried to play the hero hitting a home run to but the Tigers into the lead for the first time in the 2012 World Series. However, he did strike out for the final out, and hit just .231 with only three hits and three RBI.
Prince Fielder was perhaps had the most disappointing performance. In his first trip to the Big Show he hit just .071 with a single hit. He also had a shot to be the hero of game two but was tagged out at home on a very close play at the plate.
Many will try to blame the bottom of the order or the rest of the roster, but for the most part the rest of the Tigers roster did in the post season what they had done all season. They were stunningly mediocre, and the only guys in a real slump were the highest paid players in the organization.
It is important to note that along the way the Tigers wasted pitching gems at least twice (from Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez), and Max Scherzer certainly did his part in the deciding game four. Now they must retool and start over from scratch in 2013.
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