With a dominant 9-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Monday night, the San Francisco Giants made the 2012 World Series matchup official.
Awaiting the red-hot Giants are the equally hot Detroit Tigers, who are coming off a four-game sweep over the New York Yankees in the ALCS. With Game 1 set to start on Wednesday (Oct. 24), we will find out how much Detroit's rest has helped it prepare for the National League champion.
Taking the ball for Detroit will be Justin Verlander. In three postseason starts so far, he boasts a 0.82 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. He's arguably the best pitcher in baseball, and he's done nothing to disprove that in October.
He will face a Giants offense that has 29 hits in their last three games. They don't boast any superstar sluggers outside of Buster Posey, but the lineup has meshed together at the optimal time for Bruce Bochy.
According to ESPN, the Giants will send Barry Zito to the mound in Game 1. He was excellent in Game 5, but his start is yet to be confirmed by the team. The only other logical option seems to be Tim Lincecum. Despite his struggles against St. Louis in Game 4, he's still a better option than Madison Bumgarner.
No matter who starts on the bump for the Giants, this series promises to be excellent. The opening game is important for momentum's sake, but this year's postseason has proven to be dramatic no matter how a series may start.
Tune into Fox at 8:07 p.m. ET on Wednesday to catch the first pitch of Game 1.