One-on-One: What team will win the World Series?

Tigers

In 2012, Motown’s 28 year wait will end as the Tigers will bring home the fifth World Series title in team history.

Detroit will win partly because it possesses a stacked offense.  Most importantly, Miguel Cabrera won the Triple Crown for the first time since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

The Giants offense was improved from seasons past, but hitting the fewest homeruns in the National League was no accident.

Ultimately though, the main reason Detroit will win the World Series is their pitching. The Giants have a good ERA of 3.34, and have 92 strikeouts to just 30 walks. Barry Zito came out of nowhere, and aside from one start, moving Tim Lincecum to the bullpen paid off.

Yet, unfortunately for the Giants, Detroit’s pitching has been overwhelming this postseason. Everyone not named Justin Verlander fixed whatever issues they had in the regular season.

The four starters the Tigers have sent to the mound this postseason, Verlander, Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez, have a collective ERA of 1.06. They have been nearly unstoppable, while closer Jose Valverde has not been great.

The Giants will succumb to the hottest pitching staff in baseball – just as Oakland and New York did – while watching Cabrera, Fielder and the rest of the Tigers raise the Commissioner’s Trophy for the fans of Detroit.

-David Israel

 

Giants

The San Francisco Giants defy logic in a lot of ways.

On paper, they are an average team at best. Their pitching is solid with Matt Cain, Ryan Vogelsong and Madison Bumgarner leading the way. But the Giants offense leaves a lot to be desired with the exception of Buster Posey, who should be the NL Most Valuable Player.

Baseball isn’t always a sport that makes sense. Literally anything can happen in the postseason.

Who would have thought San Francisco could dig a hole in not one but two series and rebound to win three in a row to advance? Not this guy.

As a diehard Cardinals fan, the National League Championship Series made me a believer in the Giants.

They will be hoisting their second World Series title in three years.

There’s something to be said about chemistry and the will to win. The 2011 Cardinals proved that getting hot at the right time and never giving up can bring home a championship.

San Francisco is following the same blueprint.

The Giants will have home field advantage in the series against the Tigers, which will prove to be the difference against a good Detroit team. Isn’t it ironic that Melky Cabrera, who delivered home field for the NL in the All-Star Game, isn’t even on the postseason roster?

Give me the Giants in seven games.

-Alex Ross