After watching the San Francisco Giants do a little bit of everything and a lot well to take a 2-0 series lead, the Detroit Tigers take solace in returning to their home field. Though history suggests a comeback is not in the offing, the club remains confident.
To win the vital Game 3 though, Detroit has to improve in a few vital areas. First and foremost, they aren't hitting. Give the Giants credit, they have played brilliantly at times. But the vital organs of their potentially explosive offense have not been functioning. Hitting just .167 in the series so far, Detroit must start producing at the plate or the Major League Baseball season could be done before the weekend ends.
But in all fairness, the problems have not just been limited to the Tigers' woes at the plate. With an ERA of 5.63 thus far, the pitching hasn't been playoff-caliber either. And for once, the blame can't all be heaped on Jose Valverde. So here are my three key players that have to deliver for the Tigers to get back into this series.