After the San Francisco Giants came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, they will host the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series.
The Giants have scored 53 runs in 12 games this postseason, while the Tigers have posted 36 runs in nine games, but Detroit's pitching has been dominant, registering a 1.74 ERA.
The Giants will have to bring the bats along against the Tigers. Fortunately for them, they have a few good ones.
Here's a look at the top players to watch for in the 2012 World Series, complete with the schedule at the bottom.
Marco Scutaro, 2B, Giants
Marco Scutaro has been scorching baseballs ever since coming to San Francisco from Colorado midseason.
Scutaro hit .362 with the Giants in the second half of the season and won the NLCS MVP Award on Monday after going 14-for-28 with four RBI and six runs in the series.
To think, the Giants had a weakness at second base before Scutaro came around.
Delmon Young, DH, Tigers
Delmon Young, a former No. 1 overall pick, exploded in the ALCS, winning the MVP Award for the series while going 6-for-17 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs.
The 27-year-old has begun to live up to the hype at a very good time for Detroit, and the Tigers are hoping he brings his hot bat along with him to the World Series.
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, Giants
Heading into Game 7 of the NLCS, Pablo Sandoval was 16-for-50 (.320) with three home runs, nine RBI and six runs in the playoffs.
In Game 7, Sandoval went 1-for-4 and notched another run and RBI to his belt.
Sandoval has had an up-and-down season both on and off the field this year, but he sure has come through when it has mattered most.
Justin Verlander, SP, Tigers
You can't talk about the Tigers without talking about ace Justin Verlander.
The five-time All-Star and 2011 Cy Young Award winner has been dominant for Detroit in the playoffs, allowing just two runs in three starts (24.1 innings) while allowing 10 hits and notching 25 strikeouts.
Verlander will be a big test for a Giants team that outscored the Cardinals by a score of 20-1 in the final three games of the NLCS.
Matt Cain, SP, Giants
Heading into Game 7 of the NLCS, Matt Cain had given up three runs in each of his first three playoff starts this year.
But San Francisco's ace stepped up big in Game 7, tossing 5.2 innings of shutout ball while striking out four in the 9-0 victory.
Cain will be needed to counter the impact Verlander has on the mound.
Max Scherzer, SP, Tigers
Max Scherzer has always had the arsenal to dominate, but he has also been inconsistent throughout his career.
But the right-hander has been second only to Verlander in Detroit's rotation in the postseason, allowing one run in two starts (11.0 innings) while racking up 18 strikeouts.
One thing's for sure: The Giants are surely going to have to bring their bats against Detroit.
Ryan Vogelsong, SP, Giants
Ryan Vogelsong has a truly remarkable story.
The 35-year-old right-hander was out of Major League Baseball for three years, playing in Japan, but he retooled his game and has starred for San Francisco the past two seasons.
Vogelsong has allowed just three runs in three starts (19.0 innings) this postseason, notching 18 strikeouts in the process. His stellar effort in Game 6 of the NLCS gave the Giants momentum heading into the crucial Game 7.
2012 World Series Schedule: Detroit Tigers vs. San Francisco Giants
|Wednesday, Oct. 24||Game 1 at San Francisco, 8:07 p.m.|
|Thursday, Oct. 25||Game 2 at San Francisco, 8:07 p.m.|
|Saturday, Oct. 27||Game 3 at Detroit, 8:07 p.m.|
|Sunday, Oct. 28||Game 4 at Detroit, 8:15 p.m.|
|Monday, Oct. 29||Game 5 at Detroit, 8:07 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 31||Game 6 at San Francisco, 8:07 p.m.|
|Thursday, Nov. 1||Game 7 at San Francisco, 8:07 p.m.|