Commentary by James O’Sullivan
The Major League Baseball postseason has been great so far and it will all come to an end within the week when the World Series comes to an end. It all gets started tonight when Justin Verlander and the Detroit Tigers are at AT&T Park in San Francisco to take on Barry Zito and the Giants.
The Tigers had to hold off the Oakland Athletics in the division series that made a late run to take it to a deciding fifth game and then easily blew away the New York Yankees in four games to win the American League. The Giants have had a much tougher road to get to the World Series. In the division series, they fell behind two games to none and facing elimination they won the next three games to move on and face the Cardinals in the National League Championship series. In the NLCS, they also fell behind early three games to one and facing elimination again won the final three games to win the National League for the second time in three years.
This should be a very entertaining World Series. Both of these teams have very good pitching staffs and have some good hitters in the middle of the lineup who get the opportunity to drive in runs by the good guys at the top order who get on base and are a threat to steal.
The Detroit Tigers are in the World Series for the second time in six years as they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in five games in 2006. The Giants beat the Texas Rangers in five games in 2010. In this series, you have the first Triple Crown winner in Miguel Cabrera since Carl Yastrzemski won the award in 1967. Cabrera, who is the favorite to win the American league MVP, led the American League leading the league in batting average at .330, home runs with 44, and runs batted in with 139, facing off against the favorite to win the national league MVP.
I think that this series will be won in five games by the Detroit Tigers. I am saying this because theTigers have had a week off since they swept the Yankees and have had the opportunity to set up their starting rotation with Justin Verlander as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball able to throw in three games if needed. The Giants, on the other hand, had to use their best pitchers in the final two games of the NLCS just to move on and they will not be able to throw until games three and four.
If it would have ended in a different way and the Giants could have set up their rotation, this would be a longer series as both of these teams are evenly matched and could very easily have this series go all seven games. But I think the week off for the Tigers is a determining factor and they will win this series quickly.