The 2012 World Series is oh-so-close to starting. The Detroit Tigers have been patiently waiting for an opponent since dispatching of the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, but at least now they know the dates and times they will be playing.
In keeping with the new Major League Baseball schedule, the World Series will start on a Wednesday. It is possible, if it goes to seven games, that we will have baseball in November.
Here is a complete look at the schedule for this year's World Series, as well as some other tidbits to whet your appetite before the first pitch of the Fall Classic.
Note: Game sites will be updated at conclusion of 2012 NLCS
Schedule courtesy of MLB.com
|Game 1: Detroit at San Francisco||Wed. Oct 24||8:07 p.m. ET|
|Game 2: Detroit at San Francisco||Thu. Oct. 25||8:07 p.m. ET|
|Game 3: San Francisco at Detroit||Sat. Oct. 27||8:07 p.m. ET|
|Game 4: San Francisco at Detroit||Sun. Oct 28||8:15 p.m. ET|
|*Game 5: San Francisco at Detroit||Mon. Oct. 29||8:07 p.m. ET|
|*Game 6: Detroit at San Francisco||Wed. Oct 31||8:07 p.m. ET|
|*Game 7: Detroit at San Francisco||Thu. Nov. 1||8:07 p.m. ET|
All games broadcast on FOX with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver announcing.
Detroit Tigers' Pitching Rotation
One of the benefits of sweeping the ALCS is that you can set your pitching rotation however you want.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland is not deviating from the formula that has worked so well up to this point. We all know who will be taking the ball in Game 1, but the team has also lined up the starters for Games 2-4.
Courtesy of Jason Beck, MLB.com
|TIGERS' WORLD SERIES ROTATION|
|Game 1: Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 239 K, 238.1 IP)|
|Game 2: Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 137 K, 161.2 IP)|
|Game 3: Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 3.74 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 57 K, 74.2 IP)|
|Game 4: Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 231 K, 187.2 IP)|
The Tigers have a huge advantage right out of the gate, because they will have their best pitcher, and arguably the best pitcher in baseball, on the mound for Game 1.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Giants are using their best starting pitchers—Kyle Lohse and Matt Cain, respectively—in Game 7 of the NLCS, which will likely make them unavailable until Game 3 of the World Series.
San Francisco Giants' Pitching Rotation
The Giants pitching rotation in the World Series is still completely up in the air. ESPN.com currently has Barry Zito slotted to start Game 1, and it’s hard to disagree with the poor postseason of Madison Bumgarner. He will be coming off full rest and a strong Game 5 performance.
Ryan Vogelsong could potentially pitch Game 2 on three day’s rest, but then the team would be in a major bind if they fall behind 2-0.
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 9:35 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, manager Bruce Bochy has set his rotation for the World Series.
Here it is:
GIANTS' WORLD SERIES ROTATION
|Game 1: Barry Zito (15-8, 4.15 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 114 K, 184.1 IP)|
|Game 2: Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 191 K, 208.1 IP)|
|Game 3: Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 158 K, 189.2 IP)|
|Game 4: Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 193 K, 219.1 IP)|