When you look at the paths the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants took to get to the World Series, they could not be more different.
The Tigers had to fight their way to the top of the American League Central until the final week of September. From there, they needed five games against the Oakland A's before dispatching of the New York Yankees with ease in the American League Championship Series.
The Giants owned the National League West basically from the start of May. But the postseason has challenged them like no other team so far, as they have already played 12 games, which is the maximum for a division-winning team in baseball.
Yet here these two titans are, ready to duke it out for the next week to determine who will be crowned World Series champions.
Here is a look at the schedule for the 2012 World Series, as well as the probable pitching matchups for each game.
|GAME||DATE, TIME||PITCHING PROBABLES|
|Game 1: Detroit at San Francisco||Wed. Oct 24, 8:07 p.m.||Verlander vs. Zito|
|Game 2: Detroit at San Francisco||Thu. Oct. 25, 8:07 p.m.||Fister vs.|
|Game 3: San Francisco at Detroit||Sat. Oct. 27, 8:07 p.m.||TBD vs. Sanchez|
|Game 4: San Francisco at Detroit||Sun, Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m.||TBD vs. Scherzer|
|*Game 5: San Francisco at Detroit||Mon. Oct 29, 8:07 p.m.||TBD vs. Verlander|
|*Game 6: Detroit at San Francisco||Wed. Oct 31, 8:07 p.m.||Fister vs. TBD|
|*Game 7: Detroit at San Francisco||Thu. Nov. 1, 8:07 p.m.||Sanchez vs. TBD|
All start times listed in ET. Games broadcast on FOX.
The All-Star Reunion
One of the great storylines that happened to play out this postseason actually started all the way back in July at the All-Star Game.
If you recall, Justin Verlander started the game and allowed five runs on four hits and two walks in an inning of work.
Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval had the big blow in the first inning with a three-run triple. Melky Cabrera, Sandoval's teammate who was suspended 50 games for a failed PED test and left off of the Giants' playoff roster, hit a two-run home run in the fourth and was named the game's MVP.
It is because of that game the Giants have home-field advantage in the World Series.