By Justin Albright Posted October 23, 2012
On October 23, The San Francisco Giants clinched a spot in the World Series against the Detroit Tigers and their ace, Justin Verlander. Both teams are led by their strong pitching, and the Tigers also have the first Triple Crown winner in the last 45 years, Miguel Cabrera.
“I’ve got to go with the San Francisco Giants, I think they’re playing really well right now,” said Mr. Walton, Lowry’s baseball guru.
The Tigers faced off against the vaunted New York Yankees in the ALCS and faced little trouble as the Tigers brought out the brooms and swept the Yankees to the curb. The Giants faced off against the reigning World Series Champs, the St. Louis Cardinals. The Giants trailed 3 games to 1 but were still able to come back and win the series in Game 7.
Both teams are all around very tough to beat, but the Giants, have the edge in the offensive game, despite the Tigers having the Triple Crown winner.
“San Francisco has been able to produce very well in tight situations,” said Walton.
Defense wins championships, and both teams are very strong in that category, but once again, the Giants come out on top.
“I think San Francisco is a bit better defensive team, I think there are some weaknesses in the Detroit lineup like third-base. I think Miguel Cabrera could be a liability,” said Walton.
Pitching is without a doubt the most important aspect of baseball, as the Tigers are led by superstar ace, Justin Verlander. The Giants have a couple of studs themselves in Matt Cain and Barry Zito.
“Verlander is probably one of the top pitchers in the American League, I think that San Francisco as a staff is a bit stronger. Matt Cain is as good as they come,” said Walton.
The World Series starts October 24, and since the National League won the All-Star Game, the Giants have a home-field advantage.