The San Francisco Giants began their World Series against the Detroit Tigers with significant momentum. They were fresh off rebounding from a 3-1 NLCS deficit while the Tigers spent the prior week accumulating rust.
Jim Leyland said that wouldn't matter on Thursday night. "I'm a guy that doesn't believe in momentum in baseball. I think momentum is your next day's pitcher," offered Leyland via David Schoenfield of ESPN.com.
Just more proof that one doesn't have to believe in something for it to exist.
There was a reason for optimism with Doug Fister taking the mound for Game 2 on Thursday night.
Fister had been pitching well despite battling injuries through much of 2012. Since starting the Tigers' first game following the All-Star break, he had an ERA of 2.52 and a record of 8-4.
But Madison Bumgarner was a little better, striking out eight batters in seven innings. The Giants took a 2-0 lead with a 2-0 win, leaving the Tigers with a bit of work to do at Comerica Park.
The series is far from over and at least some pundits are sticking with the Tigers.
Taking deserved heat from SF fans..I admire Giants, but no way any right-thinking L.A. person could have picked them..sticking with Tigers— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) October 26, 2012
American League teams have a slight advantage at home over the senior circuit. Their regular lineup already includes a designated hitter.
Delmon Young will be able to settle into his normal routine. The team will have Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry to play in left field and pinch-hit as needed.
Mixed in with some home-cooking and familiar confines, the Tigers will at least make the Giants earn the win back in San Francisco.
World Series Schedule
|Game||Matchup||Date||Time (ET)||TV||Live Stream|
|Game 1||Detroit Tigers 3, San Francisco Giants 8|
|Game 2||Detroit Tigers 0, San Francisco Giants 2|
|Game 3||San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers||Sat, Oct. 27||8:00 p.m. ||FOX||MLB TV|
|Game 4||San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers ||Sun, Oct. 28||8:00 p.m. ||FOX||MLB TV|
|Game 5*||San Francisco Giants at Detroit Tigers ||Mon, Oct. 29||8:00 p.m. ||FOX||MLB TV|
|Game 6*||Detroit Tigers at San Francisco Giants ||Wed, Oct. 31||8:00 p.m. ||FOX||MLB TV|
|Game 7*||Detroit Tigers at San Francisco Giants ||Thu, Nov. 1||8:00 p.m. ||FOX||MLB TV|
* If necessary