We picked the Tigers to win the World Series. This by now does not surprise you. It just so happens that your Bless You Boys staff is as good at picking postseason series as it is good looking.
Tigers in 6, seems to be what a lot of people think.
And we thank Allison for that lengthy discussion on her thoughts.
The overriding arc of the Giants' post season run has been their invincibility with their backs against the wall. Their record in elimination games rose to 6-0 when they beat the Cardinals in game 7 of the NLCS. But there's one thing to keep in mind.
The Giants have been playing with fire, falling far behind in both in the NLDS and NLCS before coming back to win both series. Well, they are about to get burned. The Giants haven't had to face the Tigers' magnificent starting rotation in the same situation.
If there is one thing I've learned during the Tigers' run to the American League Championship is hitting may come and go, but starting pitching doesn't go anywhere. The Tigers' rotation has been not just great, but historically great. I don't see why that should change now.
But screw the intangibles. In the end, I'll take the team with the 2 best players. The Tigers have Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera.
Tigers in 5.
But our average word count is now back on track.
Tigers in 6. Fister and Verlander each win two.
Tigers in five. The Giants have a very good rotation, but the Tiger rotation is better one through four, and they've been pitching better lately. Whether San Francisco starts Lincecum or Bumgarner, Detroit has the advantage on the mound.
In the lineup. the Giants have nothing to compare with Cabera and Fielder. They depend on getting on base and moving runners around, but they depend very heavily on their pitching. Advantage, Tigers.
Tigers in 6. (I'm comfortable with my consistency)
Seems to be another pattern developing
The Tigers take Game 1 in San Francisco thanks to more brilliance from Justin Verlander. Doug Fister gets Doug Fister'd in Game 2 despite another fantastic outing. The Tigers return home to take Game 3 in a blowout, then walk off in Game 4 to take a 3-1 series lead.
While the Giants won 6 straight games when facing elimination leading up to the World Series, none of those games were against Justin Verlander. Tigers in 5.
Unavailable to make picks at the time of the story.
Somebody forgot to include him on the BYB e-mail. Whoopsicle.
(Courtesy of Bovada)
So you have to bet $175 on the Tigers to win $100. That's pretty high odds in Detroit's favor.
Tigers in 5.
The only thing that scares me about this series is that everyone is picking Detroit to win it. Actually, the lay-off scares me a bit, too. But mainly, the wisdom of the crowds frightens me. Have you see a crowd? Wise? I think not! (Except the Bless You Boys crowd. Wise and good looking. Also of above-average intellect.)
With Justin Verlander able to start two games, with the way Doug Fister and Anibal Sanchez have been pitching these past few months, with whatever number of innings you can get from Max Scherzer, it's just about impossible to see the Tigers' pitching staff failing to deliver a World Series title. Then you add in that Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder anchor the lineup, that the Tigers have been much better in the past few months than they were in the earlier parts of the season ... again, I don't see how the Giants can win this. Their magic has to run out. Six elimination games in a row and they're still playing. Finally, a team will close them out, and it'll be in Detroit.