World Series 2012: 3 Pitchers Not Named Verlander or Cain Who Will Decide Series

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World Series 2012: 3 Pitchers Not Named Verlander or Cain Who Will Decide Series
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Anibal Sanchez has a critical Game 3 matchup against Ryan Vogelsong

Game 1 of the World Series starts tonight in San Francisco, and while both teams have big bats, this series will be decided on the mound. 

We know what Justin Verlander and Matt Cain are capable of, but they can't pitch every game. This series will come down to the bullpen, and who can be more clinical on the rubber.

 

Anibal Sanchez 

According to the New York Times, Sanchez will get the start in Game 3 against Ryan Vogelsong. 

Depending on how well Verlander pitches tonight, Game 3 could end up being a critical matchup for the Tigers. 

With Madison Bumgarner having lost both of his postseason starts, the Tigers might very well find themselves up 2-0 and in a position to sweep the Giants in Detroit. 

Sanchez has a 1.35 ERA this postseason, and if he can keep up that type of production in Game 3, Detroit could have a decisive Game 4 at home.

 

Max Scherzer

Verlander will get the start in Game 1, and he will do his thing, as usual. Bumgarner hasn't impressed in the postseason thus far, and Sanchez has looked great.

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If it gets to a decisive Game 4, Scherzer could prove to be crucial in sweeping the Giants in the Fall Classic. 

 

In two postseason starts, Scherzer has managed a very impressive 0.82 ERA. There's no doubt that the Tigers are playing to get Scherzer a 3-0 lead when he gets the start in Game 4.

In the two games played, Scherzer has 18 strikeouts.

 

Sergio Romo 

The Giants and Tigers are two very closely matched teams. Both have great bats and both have fantastic bullpens that have brought them this far. 

Romo has stepped in admirably as the closer in place of Brian Wilson. 

He's been called upon in seven games this postseason and has managed a solid 1.17 ERA. 

If the Giants can hold off Detroit's bats and possibly get a few runs in against their stellar pitching, Romo can be their Brian Wilson from two seasons ago. He has the ability to close strong, and that's something the Giants will surely need in this year's Fall Classic. 

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