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Listen, it’s not time to write the obituary for the Detroit Tigers. Yes, the San Francisco Giants looked like an unstoppable force last night against the best pitcher in baseball, but it’s just one game of four that they must win.
Wednesday night was an ominous start to be sure. What Pablo Sandoval was able to do by smashing 3 homers in his first 3 at-bats was not only historic, but also dumbfounding to unsuspecting Tiger fans. But it’s time to move on.
Game 2 will feature Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45 ERA) against Madison Bumgarner. Both pitchers had excellent seasons but finished out the year on different trajectories. Fister had a 2.34 ERA in 5 September starts and has a 1.35 ERA in 2 postseason appearances thus far. Bumgarner was lights out for 5 months but coughed up a 5.47 ERA in September and has been battered for 10 earned runs in 8 playoff innings, spanning 2 starts.
Doug Fister has a tall task in Game 2
The Giants shut Bumgarner down after Game 1 of the NLCS to ‘fix’ him. Sound...
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Headed into last night, the Tigers were the favorites to win the World Series in large part because they had Justin Verlander, and people tend to favor teams who have ace starters in the playoffs. Last night, however, Justin Verlander did not pitch like an ace, and the Tigers jumped on him for five runs in four innings of work – as many as he’d allowed in his previous seven...
Game 1 of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants is upon us. In the ultimate contrast of styles, Justin Verlander will oppose Barry Zito.
I think Dan Plesac of MLB Network said it best when comparing the fastballs each pitcher possesses. He said Zito could hit you in the eye and not even cause a bruise, while JV can throw it through a brick wall. We’ll...
Despite going six strong innings for the Detroit Tigers, pitcher Doug Fister ended up taking the loss in game two of the 2012 World Series.
Early in the game, Doug was lucky to even finish the game after getting drilled in the head by a line drive from the bat of Giants hitter Gregar Blanco:
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Umpire Dan Iassogna deserves credit for making the correct call on a difficult play to judge at home plate during Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday.
Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder was trying to score from first on a double down the left field line by Delmon Young in the second inning. Left fielder Gregor Blanco threw in to home as Prince Fielder was rounding third...
Detroit Tigers starter Doug Fister stayed in the game despite getting hit in the head by a hard line drive off the bat of San Francisco's Gregor Blanco.
Blanco's drive in the second inning of Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night hit Fister on the side of the head and ricocheted all the way into center field for a single. Manager Jim Leyland, pitching coach Jeff Jones...
Things were looking up for the Tigers in the second inning of Game 2 of the World Series on Thursday night.
Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, he of the 11.25 ERA in previous 2012 postseason games, had just hit leadoff batter Prince Fielder.
Delmon Young then smoked a double down the line that bounced off a wall and jetted out in foul territory before left fielder Gregor Blanco...
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Detroit ace Justin Verlander suffers rare misfire in game he was
supposed to win.
The Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants will be kicking off Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, and for Detroit it will mark their first meaningful game in a week. Some fans might be worried that the Tigers won't be ready after their long layoff, but NESN Nation's Dan Duquette isn't one of them. In fact, he's pretty sure that Miguel Cabrera and Prince...
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...