Can the Detroit Tigers come back to win the World Series? Can the Tigers even avoid a four-game sweep?
Baseball fans who don’t want the season to end are rooting for Detroit to extend it. If the Tigers want to play even a fifth game, they’ll have to hit better than in the first three games.
Giants pitchers have held Detroit to just a .165 average. In the Orioles’ five-game loss to the Yankees, they hit just .187.
The great sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder have combined for a 3-for-19 showing, reminding Orioles fans of Adam Jones’ and Matt Wieters’ Division Series struggles.
Baseball historians are beginning to compare this Series with the Orioles’ four-game sweep over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1966.
It was the Orioles’ first World Series appearance.
Orioles’ pitchers threw three straight complete game shutouts to clinch the series and the Dodgers were held to a .142 average. The Orioles hit just .200.
The San Francisco Giants are on the verge of the National League’s third consecutive World Series win. It last happened from 1979-1982, a streak started when the Orioles lost to Pittsburgh and ended when they beat the Phillies in 1983.
The Tigers had seven winning streaks of four or more games in 2012, including one to begin the season. They’d like to end the season the same way, but it’s hardly likely.
San Francisco had just two losing streaks of four or more this season.
If you enjoy excellent pitching, it’s been a great World Series. Some of us wouldn’t mind a longer one.