2012 World Series: 5 Predictions for the Games at Comerica Park
With two games of the 2012 World Series already in the rear view mirror, just a pair of wins separate the San Francisco Giants from a championship.
Strong pitching was the name of the game for the Tigers in the ALCS, but they've gotten a dose of their own medicine thus far in the fall classic, as the Giants rotation has been very impressive.
The series now heads to Comerica Park in Detroit, where the Tigers hope to get back on their feet with their home crowd behind them.
Vogelsong Takes the Loss in Game 3
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With no room for error in Game 6 of the NLCS, Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong had a tall order in front of him as he took the mound in front of the home fans.
His seven innings of four-hit baseball would prove to play a huge role in the Giants' move to a decisive Game 7, as he would allow only one run before turning the game over to the bullpen in a 6-1 victory.
As owners of a 2-0 lead in the series, there won't be quite as much pressure on Vogelsong this time around, but with their home crowd behind them and everything at stake, the Tigers will inch closer to contention in Game 3.
Three Tiger HRs Lead Offense to Win on Saturday
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As the most dangerous offensive player in the game, Miguel Cabrera has had a tough time driving in runs during the World Series.
Not only because his team has struggled to put runners on base, but also because he just doesn't see much in the way of hittable pitches.
With the Tigers in dire need of some productivity, Cabrera and Prince Fielder will pace the Tigers offense to victory on Saturday as the long ball will be the difference maker in getting the series to 2-1.
Matt Cain Strikes out 10 in Game 4
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Matt Cain took to the mound in game 7 of the NLCS with everything on the line, and behind his offense, he delivered an outing that would help the Giants punch their ticket to the World Series.
Pushing the series to the limit meant he wouldn't be able to match up against Verlander in Game 1, but when he takes the mound in the middle of the series, he'll be ready to push the series to the limit in a game that could potentially clinch the Giants' World Series title.
He's proven that he can be a big-game pitcher, and while the Tigers should come out swinging in Game 3 to prevent the sweep from coming into question, Cain just doesn't look beatable right now.
Sandoval Goes Hitless in Comerica Park
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With a trio of home runs in Game 1, Pablo Sandoval has been the most notable of stories so far in the first two games of the World Series.
Sandoval's long balls highlighted his four-hit night, and with another hit on Thursday evening, he's a World Series MVP front-runner.
With Comerica Park sitting as a more pitcher-friendly park, Sandoval could be at a disadvantage if he hopes to go deep, something that will be made all that much more complicated if the Tigers staff opts to not pitch to him.
Game 5 Gem by Verlander Sends the Series Back to the Bay
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After two disappointing efforts that followed a sweep of the New York Yankees in the ALCS, the Detroit Tigers have plenty to prove to their home crowd as the series reaches a crucial turning point.
Losing two games in succession should be enough of a wake up call for Detroit to take Game 3, but as mentioned, Game 4 will prove to be a tall order with Matt Cain taking the mound for San Francisco.
Justin Verlander wasn't all that impressive in Game 1, but he will have a chance to atone for his efforts on Monday evening when he takes the mound in hopes of sending the series back out west.
He nearly went the distance in Game 3 of the ALCS ,and with a chance to prove he's a big-time pitcher, he should be primed to go deep into Game 5 of the fall classic.