Justin Verlander didn't pitch as expected Wednesday, everyone has an opinion about it; Jose Valverde could still pitch this series according to Jim Leyland; and a day in the life of Prince Fielder. These stories and more in today's Morning Prowl.
Prince Fielder is my favorite human being I think.
On the Beat: Rising to Giant Occasions
Baseball Prospectus, John Perrotto
The Giants have faced elimination multiple times in the postseason, yet they're three wins away from a championship.
So, what went wrong for Verlander? At the risk of oversimplification, his problems can essentially be traced to two factors: 1. Bad location, 2. Good hitting
Where Justin Verlander went wrong
Baseball Nation, Grant Brisbee
Short answer: He decided to be a pitcher in the game of baseball.
Park your car for $130 at the World Series! (Photo)
Big League Stew, David Brown
After trial and failure, will Valverde pitch for Tigers again? 'You never know'
Out of Left Field, Matthew B. Mowery
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland kept insisting that deposed closer Jose Valverde would be a "big part" of the World Series.
Posey, Mays and why the Giants will win
SweetSpot Blog, Anna McDonald
The Giants will win the World Series because of Willie Mays. Yes, that makes total sense.
Pandas are bad and should be avoided.
Roar of the Tigers
Pandas are indeed evil, evil creatures.
Elsewhere in baseball:
While acknowledging it's still "probable" that Mariano Rivera will return from knee surgery to pitch next season, Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the future Hall of Famer "is having second thoughts about possibly retiring.
Sometimes the Cubs can be as sanctimonious off the field as they are inept on it.