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Tigers' rotation due for decline?

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08:13 AM ET 10.23 | Between limiting the A's to five earned runs in 34 2/3 innings and allowing two earned runs in 27 1/3 innings against the Yankees, Detroit's starting rotation has to be considered a strong suit entering the World Series. Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer were nearly flawless, and -- in turn -- embarrassed the Yankees in only four games, limiting them to a .157 batting average -- the lowest recorded in the franchise's 71 postseason series. Will their postseason success continue in San Francisco? Doubtful. Expecting them to match their efforts through the first two rounds is a lot to ask -- even with the added luxury of throwing to a pitcher on the road in a National League ballpark.

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October 23, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I agree with you Sulla that I also believe the Tigers will win if they can get rid of a MO in the first game from the Giants.

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October 23, 2012  10:16 AM ET

Not!

October 23, 2012  11:10 AM ET

Even a decline would still be kickass, and the big bats are due to break out against the favored fastball of the NL

October 23, 2012  11:15 AM ET

On the flip side, the Tiger bats may catch fire, which would render this argument moot.

This is the World Series: anything is possible.

October 23, 2012  12:00 PM ET

"Decline" might be the wrong word; maybe "regression to the mean" would be more accurate. The Tiger pitchers may enjoy pitching in the Giants ballpark though.

October 23, 2012  12:06 PM ET

there would be a match duel between tigers pitching and the giants pitching,,,, should melky cabrera play in this series???

October 23, 2012  12:11 PM ET

If the pitching staff was the yankees the writers would be danceing in the streets and writeing the series is over.Because of the great pitching staff that the yankees have comeing into the series.

October 23, 2012  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If the pitching staff was the yankees the writers would be danceing in the streets and writeing the series is over.Because of the great pitching staff that the yankees have comeing into the series.

Why? Most writers picked the Tigers to beat the Yankees.

October 23, 2012  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

"Decline" might be the wrong word; maybe "regression to the mean" would be more accurate.

Bingo. Thank you.

October 23, 2012  12:58 PM ET

Bingo. Thank you.

October 23, 2012  05:19 PM ET

wiseup: most world series follow the basic rule. Good pitching will stop good hitting. Most games are usualy be decided by one or two runs. I see the edge going to Detroit with better starters ,however SF has the better bullpen. Should be an interesting and entertaining series. Against St. L. SF semed to get all the breaks and ST.L. coudn't buy a break. Will SF continue that or will Detroit put an end to that?

October 23, 2012  05:36 PM ET

wiseup: Number 1 Detroit is no longer facing a lackluster lineup like the Yankees. The Giants have a much more potent lineup. The giants aren't facing a pourus defense or a team that could not get the clutch hits like ST lL To claim that Detroit's rotation due for a decline i feel is unfounded. in the world series, pitchers are less likely to get away with mistakes over the plate. Detyroit pitching is rested and their rotation set up. The Giants had to yse their bullpens the last three games to make it to series. Their rotation had to adjust.

October 23, 2012  08:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Number 1 Detroit is no longer facing a lackluster lineup like the Yankees. The Giants have a much more potent lineup.

This is a joke, right?

Also, stop referring to yourself in the 3rd person like a 12-year-old.

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October 24, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Both Teams have good pitching, and have had timely hitting, we'll see what happens!!!

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