It has only taken 109 years since the invention of the modern World Series, but the Tigers and Giants will finally face off for the ultimate baseball prize.
(Of course, John McGraw, the great Giants manager of the first quarter of the 20th Century, went to his grave believing that the Giants and Tigers should have played in the 1908 World Series. If Fred Merkle had touched second base, it would have been New York playing Detroit in that year's series, not the Cubs.)
CATCHER: Buster Posey vs. Alex Avila and Gerald Laird
Posey has a real shot to be named the NL MVP, after an outstanding season that saw him hit .336.408.549 as an everyday catcher. Posey hit for power -- 39 doubles and 24 homers -- drove in 103 runs and drew 69 walks, while playing outstanding defense. His career was in jeopardy a year ago after breaking his leg in a home-plate collision, but he's now the unquestioned leader of the Giants. He's only hitting .178 in the postseason, but the Tigers can't count on that ...