The Detroit Tigers will open the World Series on the road. They may be AL Champions, but they have no idea whether they’ll be in St. Louis or San Francisco.
The MLB postseason schedule, though, will give the Tigers six days to prepare for the Fall Classic. Justin Verlander could start Game 1 if the team so chooses. This will allow their ace to possibly pitch in three games out of seven against their NL foe (if needed).
St. Louis or Detroit, on the other hand, may only have two days of rest. The game has been changed.
Who Will Be the 2012 World Series Champion?
The Fall Classic isn’t for the faint of heart. The MLB schedules the potential seven games over a nine-day span. Whoever comes out of the National League will need their aces to be sharp in a short period of time.
The Cardinals have been able to put up runs this postseason, so they may be able to compensate if Adam Wainwright or Kyle Lohse pitches a disappointing outing.
San Francisco, though, would be a whole different ballgame. They would need all pitchers on deck to compete with Detroit’s staff, which surrendered no more than four runs in any ALCS game agaisnt the Yankees.
Whether that pitching performance was a product of the Yankees’ slumping or not, the Tigers put on a pitching clinic to one of the most daunting lineups this past July. That’s a scary thought with Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fiedler and a hot Delmon Young in tow.
Let’s check out Detroit’s road to a World Series championship, complete with dates and locations.
All games will be televised on FOX. Start times are TBD.
Game 1: Wed, Oct. 24 - Detroit @ NL Champion
Game 2: Thu, Oct. 25 - Detroit @ NL Champion
Game 3: Sat, Oct. 27 - NL Champion @ Detroit
Game 4: Sun, Oct. 28 - NL Champion @ Detroit
Game 5*: Mon, Oct. 29 - NL Champion @ Detroit
Game 6*: Wed, Oct. 31 - Detroit @ NL Champion
Game 7*: Thu, Nov. 1 - Detroit @ NL Champion
For a full schedule of the MLB Playoffs, click here