2012 World Series: Tigers Have the Opportunity to Do the Impossible
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the World Series.
As bad as the Yankees were in the American League Championship Series, the Tigers have been worse in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, and after being shut out for the second straight game, Detroit is down 3-0 in the series.
Having said that, as things can't get much worse, the Tigers have an opportunity to do something, now, that no one has done before.
No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the World Series, and only one team has forced a Game 5 after trailing three games to none.
Are the Tigers' chances good?
Absolutely not, but playing the eternal optimist, what else do they have to lose?
It begins with Max Scherzer on Sunday night in Game 4.
After going 16-7, with 231 strikeouts and a 3.74 ERA in the regular season, Scherzer is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in two starts this postseason.
He didn't give up an earned run in 5.1 innings against the Oakland Athletics in Game 4 of the AL Division Series, and earned the series-clinching win against the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS, throwing 5.2 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits with 10 strikeouts and two walks.
Scherzer has been arguably the Tigers' best starting pitcher this postseason, but he can't swing a bat.
Eerily similar to the Yankees in the ALCS, the Tigers' offense has completely disappeared in the World Series. The Tigers have been shut out twice, and have only scored one earned run off the Giants starters in the first three games of the series.
Everyone needs to pick it up for the Tigers.
The Tigers shouldn't focus on the monumental task of winning four straight games—including a possible Game 6 and Game 7 on the road—and instead simply focus on Sunday's Game 4, and go from there.
The Tigers won four games in a row eight different time this season, including once in the playoffs.
Obviously, those winning streaks weren't under this kind of pressure, but the Tigers have the ability to rattle off wins in chunks.
No one picked the Giants to sweep the Tigers before the World Series started. And now, no one is picking the Tigers to survive.
So why not?
Do I think it's going to happen? No.
But I think it can happen? Absolutely.
Don't give up on the Tigers just yet.
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