Nobody should rip you for being wrong with a prediction. (That’s why they’re called “predictions”.) But, to so callously and immediately write-off a champion from a League that has had two straight surprise World Series winners?
Why, that’s just stupid, son.
(*Also, leave it to ESPN to get to the bottom of the issues in that video above. “Mayor vs. Mayor”. No Frank Caliendo. Right up there with the Liam Neeson deal.)
“Cardinals and Reds fans might not believe it, but a force really exists that can stop the incredible roll of the Giants. And, he pitches for the Tigers. Game 1 starter Justin Verlander not only will halt the Giants’ mojo, he’ll give his teammates a chance to shake off the rust from their week-long layoff.” – Stan McNeil, Sporting News
Verlander got blasted in an 8-3 loss in Game 1, making Pablo Sandoval look like Mickey Mantle. He also showed the same form he did in the All-Star Game, when he guaranteed the National League home field advantage in said World Series.
“The Giants are at a disadvantage because their rotation isn’t lined up optimally. But, even if Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong were starting the first two games, I wouldn’t give San Francisco’s rotation the edge over Detroit’s four stud starters. The Tigers’ offense is more consistent, and their ninth-inning questions aren’t enough to spook me. Tigers in 6.” – Chris Bahr, Sporting News
You sure about that?
The Tigers offense has actually not been that consistent during these playoffs. I mean, come on, guys… they beat an overachieving Athletics team and a Yankees team that couldn’t break a wet paper bag with a chainsaw.
Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera have both been pedestrian. The Tigers best batters have been Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta. They scored tree runs in Game 1, and none in Game 2.
Just smokin’, right?
“Sorry, San Fran, I’m not a big believer in momentum in baseball. I am, however, a big believer in pitching.” – Sporting News deputy editor Bob Hille
Have you been converted?
Unfortunately, Bob Hille isn’t the reason American sportswriting has gone down the pot leaf-stained toilet. Check out the dicey analysis from this guy…
“Before the World Series opener, I predicted that Detroit would win at least one game at AT&T Park and I’m sticking with that… For one, the Tigers will once again have the upper hand in the (starting) pitching department, and that goes a long way in my book… In addition to that, I believe that Detroit’s right-handed bats will be a little more active this evening after being caught out of rhythm and too rested, if you will.
“Jumping out to an early lead would be a huge momentum boost for the felines and it would go a long way as far as taking a terrific Giants crowd right out of the game.“
Early leads? Starting pitching? Right-handed batters?!
We know you guys are desperate as can be to not buy into Billy Beane’s manifesto, but do you have to be so opposed to rational logic?
Yes, the Tigers pitchers are good, but you’re considering the Giants bats to be about as useful as unfluffed male porn stars. This is the team that won the 2010 World Series with Cody Ross, when they de-flowered Roy Halladay in front of a sold-out Philadelphia Phillies crowd.
This whole notion of home-field advantage being a wash has been proven ridiculous over and over again. It’s all circumstance and chance.
And, again, right-handed batters? What’s with this obsession with finding the tiniest, nit-pickiest little details and trying to exploit them into betting lines.
Are switch hitters like Mickey Mantle, Carlos Beltran, and Pablo Sandoval (a Giant, of course) great hitters because they’re switch hitters, or are they just great hitters because they’re great hitters?