World Series 2012: Breaking Down the Pitching Matchups for All 7 Games

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World Series 2012: Breaking Down the Pitching Matchups for All 7 Games
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Coming off an improbable, historic comeback from a 3-1 series deficit, we now know that it will be the San Francisco Giants taking on the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, beginning Wednesday night, Oct. 24.

Detroit will have been off for six days when the World Series begins, having swept the Yankees last Thursday evening, allowing their pitching staff time to rest.

Although Jim Leyland could have swapped the order of his pitchers given the added time off, he chose to leave his rotation in the same postseason order: Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer.

San Francisco will not have such a luxury. Both of its postseason series were taken to the brink of elimination before fighting back to win-or-go-home series finales.

Bruce Bochy has not yet announced his World Series rotation, although speculation widely has Barry Zito getting the assignment for Game 1.

After Zito, it becomes a toss-up between Madison Bumgarner, who has struggled throughout the postseason, and Tim Lincecum, who struggled during the regular season and his one playoff start but has been solid out of the bullpen this October.

Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain will likely get the assignments for Games 3 and 4.

Ahead, we'll preview each of these matchups.

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