World Series – 2012 Edition
I know there are many disappointed fans in the baseball world that will be sore because they will not be hearing Jeter, A-Rod, Pujols, Hamilton or any of the other names that headlined the World Series for the past few years but in reality, this year’s version has just as many Superstars to watch; and, just as many story lines to unveil.
NL Champs: San Francisco Giants.
The Giants come into the Series hot. When I say hot, I don’t mean “on a winning streak hot”, but I mean hot on both sides of the dish kind of hot.
The combination of Zito, Cain and Vogelsong had 4 wins and only gave up 5 earned runs in their five starts during the League Championship Series. That was 5 earned runs in 33 2/3 innings. If that was not good enough, the bullpen stars of Affeldt, Casilla, Lopez, Mijares , Mujica and Romo never allowed a single run to cross the plate.
It was not all sunshine for the Giants pitching due to Lincecum and Bumgarner having their share of trouble, but if I were in Bochy’s shoes going into the WS, I would be smiling from ear to ear.
Okay, how about offense you say? Well, as a team, how about a .261 BA with 5 homeruns and 31 RBIs? They did average 7.2 strikeouts per game but one of the big stats that always jump off the page is Runners in scoring position and to that end, they did pretty well batting at a steady .250 clip. The Giants are not normally the type of team that pounds you into submission with hit after hit but don’t let up on them; they do have enough sticks to get the job done.
AL Champs: Detroit Tigers.
Let’s start with the last stat I used for the Giants. The Tigers batted at an amazing .295 pace with runners in scoring position against the Yankees.
That was slightly better than their .291 BA for the entire League Championship Series total. They also managed to power up in those four games for 6 homeruns as well. The Tigers have their total offense going with the exception of Fielder and we all know what he is capable of when he catches fire.
The Tiger’s pitching has been awesome as well . The contributions from Verlander and Scherzer have been nothing short of amazing. In 35.1 innings they combine for a sub-1.00 ERA. Together they have only allowed 3 earned runs in those 35.1 innings. The Tiger’s have a great combination of Fister and Sanchez to fill in the other games as well. Most managers would be delighted going into the WS if their top two Aces carried below 2.00 ERA going into the World Series. But to have their 3rd and 4th starters carrying below a1.50 ERA in post-season play has to have Leyland on cloud nine. YIKES! Look out Giants. You better put your bats in something to heat them up. You are going to need them.
We all have plenty to see this World Series.
There are big names on the biggest stage in the world. And I think we will all see spectacular plays and memorial moments making this edition of the World Series one for the ages.
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