After a stunning and somewhat shocking defeat to the San Francisco Giants, who pounded Tigers ace Justin Verlander for five runs on six hits in just four innings pitched last night. We turn our attention to Game two of the Fall Classic to be played tonight in California. It was game two in 2006 that SP Kenny Rogers led the Tigers to their only victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in that year’s fall classic.
Overall the Tigers have a 6-4 record in the second game of the Fall Classic. However, it was the only game the 1984 Tigers lost to the San Diego Padres in the 1984 Series. While a 6-4 record in the second game of the World Series (overall) might sound encouraging to Tigers fans, the team’s records in the second frame of the big show not played in Detroit is just 2-4. With tonight’s game two a must win on the road in San Francisco we try to draw parallels to past Tigers performances in the World Series.
With Verlander taking the loss last night many may think that this Fall Classic resembles the 2006 one. However, Tigers fans must hope that the 2012 Series unfolds more like the 1945 version. That year the Tigers lost game one to the Chicago Cubs 9-0, but would bounce back to take game two 4-1 and go on too win the title in seven games.
The good news is Doug Fister will make his World Series debut tonight and he has been quite good in the 2012 post season (0-0 record with a 2.57 ERA). The Tigers lineup will face Madison Bumgarner who has not been all that sharp so far in the 2012 post season.
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