Tigers-Giants: A capsule look at the World Series

Tigers-Giants: A capsule look at the World Series

A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants:


Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Wednesday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Thursday, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Saturday, Oct. 27, at Detroit (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Sunday, Oct. 28, at Detroit (8:15 p.m.); x-Game 5, Monday, Oct. 29, at Detroit (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 6, Wednesday, Oct. 31, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 7, Thursday, Nov. 1, at San Francisco (8:07 p.m.). (All games on FOX).

x-if necessary.


Season Series: Did not play.


Projected Lineups:

Tigers: CF Austin Jackson (.300, 16 HRs, 66 RBIs, 10 triples), RF Andy Dirks (.322, 8, 35) or Quintin Berry (.258, 2, 29, 21/21 SBs), 3B Miguel Cabrera (.330, 44, 139 for baseball's first Triple Crown since 1967), 1B Prince Fielder (.313, 30, 108), LF Delmon Young (.267, 18, 74), SS Jhonny Peralta (.239, 13, 63), C Alex Avila (.243, 9, 48), 2B Omar Infante (.274, 12, 53 with Marlins and Tigers).

Giants: CF Angel Pagan (.288, 8, 56, 29 SBs, 15 3Bs), 2B Marco Scutaro (.306, 7, 74 for Rockies and Giants), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.283, 12, 63), C Buster Posey (.336, 24, 103, 39 2Bs), RF Hunter Pence (.253, 24, 104 for Giants and Phillies), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 7, 56), LF Gregor Blanco (.244, 5, 34, 26 SBs), SS Brandon Crawford (.248, 4, 45).


Projected Rotations:

Tigers: RH Justin Verlander (17-8, 2.64 ERA, MLB-leading 239 Ks), RH Doug Fister (10-10, 3.45), RH Anibal Sanchez (9-13, 3.86 with Marlins and Tigers), RH Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74, 231 Ks).

Giants: LH Barry Zito (15-8, 4.15, 184 1-3 IP; won final 5 starts and 7 straight decisions), RH Tim Lincecum (10-15, 5.18, 186 IP, 190 Ks, matched career high with 17 wild pitches) or LH Madison Bumgarner (16-11, 3.37, 191 Ks), RH Matt Cain (16-5, 2.79, 193 Ks, 219 1-3 IP, first perfect game in franchise history June 13 vs. Astros), RH Ryan Vogelsong (14-9, 3.37 in 31 starts).



Tigers: RH Jose Valverde (3-4, 3.78, 35/40 saves), LH Phil Coke (2-3, 4.00), RH Joaquin Benoit (5-3, 3.68, 84 Ks, 71 IP), RH Octavio Dotel (5-3, 3.57), RH Al Alburquerque (0-0, 0.68 in 8 games following elbow surgery), LH Drew Smyly (4-3, 3.99 in 23 games, 18 starts), RH Rick Porcello (10-12, 4.59 in 31 starts).

Giants: RH Sergio Romo (4-2, 1.79, 14/15 saves, .185 BA against), LH Javier Lopez (3-0, 2.50, 7 saves, .191 BA vs. LH), RH Santiago Casilla (7-6, 2.84, 25/31 saves), LH Jeremy Affeldt (1-2, 2.70, 3 saves), LH Jose Mijares (3-2, 2.56 in 78 games with Royals and Giants), RH George Kontos (2-1, 2.47), RH Guillermo Mota (0-1, 5.23).



These storied teams have never squared off in a World Series before. ... San Francisco is trying to win its second championship in three seasons following a drought that dated to 1954 - four years before the franchise moved west from New York. ... Detroit manager Jim Leyland is looking to join Tony La Russa and former Tigers skipper Sparky Anderson as the only managers to win a World Series in both leagues. ... Detroit seeks its fifth title and first since 1984. The last time the Tigers won the pennant in 2006, they beat the same teams in the AL playoffs as this year: Oakland and New York, albeit in reverse order. ... With no designated hitter in the National League park, the Tigers will have to compromise an already suspect defense to get Young's hot bat in the lineup. MVP of the ALCS sweep against the Yankees, Young holds the franchise record with seven postseason homers - all in the past two years. He ranks second in RBIs (14) and became the first player with four game-winning RBIs in one postseason series. When the World Series shifts to Comerica Park for Game 3, the Tigers can start both Berry and Dirks in the outfield, upgrading their defense, and still have Young in his usual DH spot. ... The Giants have home-field advantage in the World Series because the NL won the All-Star game in Kansas City. Cain and Verlander were the starting pitchers. Cain tossed two scoreless innings for the win, while Verlander was roughed up in a five-run first and took the loss. He gave up a bases-loaded triple to Sandoval. Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera was the All-Star game MVP, before he was suspended for a positive testosterone test. ... Giants rookie Hector Sanchez might catch, with Posey moving to DH (in Detroit) or first base, when Zito or Lincecum starts. ... Scutaro, the NLCS MVP, tied an LCS record with 14 hits against the Cardinals. ... The Giants won two of three at Detroit during an interleague series in July 2011. Sandoval and Crawford homered off an ineffective Scherzer to back Zito in a 15-3 victory, one day before the Tigers fired pitching coach Rick Knapp. Bumgarner allowed a run over 7 1-3 outstanding innings in a no-decision. He struck out nine and walked one. ... San Francisco has three left-handed relievers to use against Fielder - plus Bumgarner, if he's in the bullpen. So the Giants should be able to dictate that matchup in the late innings. In two postseasons with the Giants, Lopez has held left-handed hitters to 1 for 20 with 9 strikeouts and no walks. The only hit was a double by Philadelphia slugger Ryan Howard in Game 4 of the 2010 NLCS. Fielder, however, is familiar with several Giants pitchers from his National League days in Milwaukee. He is 3 for 18 (.167) with a homer and five RBIs against Zito, but has enjoyed some success against San Francisco's other lefties. The big bopper is 3 for 7 (.429) against Bumgarner, 4 for 12 (.333) with two homers and four RBIs vs. Affeldt, and 2 for 9 (.222) with a home run off Lopez. ... Affeldt has thrown 8 1-3 scoreless innings this postseason.


Big Picture:

Tigers: It wasn't as easy as many expected, but Detroit (88-74) wrested the AL Central title from the fading Chicago White Sox and beat Oakland in the division series to reach the ALCS for the second year in a row. Riding a dominant display of pitching, the surging Tigers then handed the Yankees their first postseason sweep in 32 years and became the first team to beat New York in three consecutive postseason series. Detroit allowed only six runs during the ALCS and held the Yankees scoreless in all but three of 39 innings to claim its 11th pennant. Tigers starters went 4-1 with a 1.02 ERA during the AL playoffs. ... Detroit is in the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1934-35. ... Cabrera's charge to the Triple Crown began in earnest on Aug. 1. He hit .344 with 19 homers and 54 RBIs in 57 games for the rest of the regular season. ... Verlander threw a career-high six complete games and is in contention for a second straight Cy Young Award. His four-hit shutout finished the Athletics in a winner-take-all Game 5 and he was 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA in three playoff starts, striking out 25 in 24 1-3 innings. ... Scherzer was slowed by a shoulder problem in late September, but he went 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 11 innings in two playoff starts. ... The Tigers grounded into a major league-leading 156 double plays. They stole 59 bases, the second-fewest in the majors. ... Leyland, in the final year of his contract, is making his seventh postseason appearance and third trip to the World Series. He won it all with the 1997 Florida Marlins. ... The Tigers signed Fielder last winter after slugger Victor Martinez's season-ending knee injury. ... After going all of 2011 without blowing a save, Valverde was a more pedestrian 35 for 40 this season. Then he struggled badly in the AL playoffs, blowing a pair of ninth-inning leads. Coke was called on for two saves against the Yankees and he closed out a blowout in the series finale, too. ... Benoit's 3.68 ERA was his highest since 2008. He a llowed 14 homers, his most since he became exclusively a reliever. ... The Tigers had four regulars with an OPS of at least .856 in the regular season - Cabrera, Fielder, Dirks and Jackson. Then it was a substantial drop to Avila at .736. ... Backup catcher Gerald Laird provided a lift by hitting .282 in 63 games. ... Detroit finished sixth in the AL in runs. The Tigers were 10th in homers - with Cabrera and Fielder accounting for more than 45 percent of the team's total of 163.

Giants: After pulling away from the rival Dodgers to win the NL West, the Giants (94-68) dropped their first two playoff games at home to Cincinnati. But they were far from done. San Francisco became the ninth team to overcome a 2-0 deficit in a best-of-five postseason series and the first to do it by winning the final three games on the road. Then the Giants fell behind defending champion St. Louis 3-1 in the NLCS, only to rally for three consecutive lopsided wins and their second pennant in three years. They are 6-0 in elimination games this postseason. ... Posey, who missed most of last season after serious leg and ankle injuries from a frightening collision at home plate with the Marlins' Scott Cousins on May 25, returned every bit the player he was during his 2010 NL Rookie of the Year campaign. He won the NL batting title and is a top contender for MVP. He made a big impact against the Reds when he hit two homers, including a grand slam in the decisive Game 5 win. ... Manager Bruce Bochy's team rode pitching to the World Series title in 2010 but the lineup this year is much more dangerous, especially on the road. The Giants were the second-highest scoring team on the road in the regular season, averaging 5.1 runs per game. ... San Francisco became the first team since the 1987 Cardinals to make the playoffs with the fewest homers in the majors, hitting just 103. ... In April, the Giants lost All-Star closer and 2010 major league saves leader Brian Wilson to injury. In August, Melky Cabrera was suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test. Cabrera (.346) was reinstated by Major League Baseball during the playoffs, but the Giants had already said they had no plans to put him on the postseason roster. ... Just as he did two years ago during that World Series championship run, GM Brian Sabean brought in key pieces to fill key needs: Scutaro at second and Pence in right field. They're not quite the castoffs and misfits of 2010 - Cody Ross, Pat Burrell - but more a team that overcame the absence of s witch-hitting Sandoval because of two DL stints and moved forward seemingly unfazed when Cabrera got suspended. ... Sandoval has an RBI in five straight games, matching the longest streak in Giants postseason history (Barry Bonds, 2002). Kung Fu Panda was a productive hitter during the NL playoffs, making up for his October flop in 2010. He appeared in only six postseason games that year, one in the World Series, while batting .176 (3 for 17) with two RBIs and three strikeouts.


Watch For:

- Odd Man Out. A major strength for the Giants is the depth in their rotation. All five members made at least one start during the NL playoffs, but Bumgarner or Lincecum will likely be sent to the bullpen for the World Series. Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, pitched well in relief during the playoffs after a subpar season, then was shaky in his NLCS start. Bumgarner has struggled badly in October after a strong regular season. Picking the right guy to start against Detroit could make a big difference, and Bochy's choice will probably be scrutinized.

- Closing Time. Valverde blew a four-run lead in the ALCS opener and did not pitch again in the series. Benoit also has been a lot shakier than a year ago, and that's a concern for the Tigers. Does Valverde return to his closer role, or will Leyland keep turning to Coke in save situations? Normally a left-handed specialist, he had one save during the regular season and then two in the AL playoffs while racking up 7 1-3 scoreless innings. Even with a reliable bullpen, closing out World Series games is no simple chore.

- Triples Town. The Giants hit only 31 homers at their waterfront ballpark this year - six fewer than Barry Bonds had by himself during his record-setting 2001 season. They made up for the lack of long balls with a major league-leading 57 triples, including 29 at home with all that space in right-center field.

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Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

When the Capitals take the ice in Game 6, they will be playing for their playoff lives. After losing Game 5 on Saturday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Caps must win on Monday or their season will be over.

In order to do that, the Caps will have to change some things. First, they have to figure out how to win at home, something they have yet to do in this series. Second, they will have to find a way to get to Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been dominant the past three games. Alex Ovechkin also needs to win the matchup against the fourth line since he has only two five-on-five points through five games. Finally, the defense will have to be better. Matt Niskanen took the blame for Game 5, but really it was a tough night all around.

Also, a few penalty calls against Tampa Bay would be nice too.

Where: Capital One Arena

When: 8:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning, Game 6 will be broadcast on NBCSN

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Lightning Game 6 on NBC Sports' live stream page.


Game 6 of the Capitals vs. Lightning 2018 NHL Playoff series takes place on Monday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Capital One Arnea.


The TV broadcast of Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is on NBCSN. Capitals pre- and postgame coverage takes place on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 on NBCSN
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime


Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is available to stream online on Monday, May 21 live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.


Capitals projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Lightning projected lines:

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy starts with Louis Domingue as backup.


Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.


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Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Need to Know: Redskins player one-liners, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, May 21, one day before the Washington Redskins start OTAs.  

Redskins player one-liners, offense

A few weeks ago, I did an early projection of the Redskins’ 53-man roster on offense and defense. As the team gets ready for OTAs here is a comment on each player expected to make the team on offense; the defense will be up tomorrow. 


—It seems likely that Alex Smith will jump right into the leadership role on the offense, unlike his predecessor, who often seemed to be a reluctant leader. 

—Since Smith has missed a few games with injuries here and there, the chances of the team needing Colt McCoy to come in and win a key game are greater than they were the past three years. 

Kevin Hogan has from now until the end of the season to show that he can be a viable No. 2 quarterback to help ensure that he has a job here in 2019. 

Running backs

—It’s been a while around here since expectations were this high for a player picked late in the second round but Derrius Guice will try to meet them. 

Chris Thompson could be ready to participate in OTAs but look for him to get a very light workload if he puts on a helmet at all. 

—If Rob Kelley wants to be a regular on the 46-man game day inactive list he will have to play a lot of special teams, something he has done sparingly in his two years in the league. 

—Since the team likely will monitor Guice’s workload as a rookie, Samaje Perine will get some carries in key situations this year. 

Wide receivers

—While Josh Doctson does need to get more chances to use his huge catch radius and take balls away from defenders, he also could benefit by working to get more separation on a regular basis. 

—Smith was one of the best deep ball throwers in the league last year and if he is going to maintain that status he will need to look for Paul Richardson at least a few times per game. 

—After his play leveled off in his second and third years in the league, will Jamison Crowder have a contract year breakout? 

—It will be interesting to see what Maurice Harris can do if he stays healthy and get some consistent playing time. 

—Will Trey Quinn be a project or will the last pick in the draft have some instant impact on the offense? 

Tight ends

—​Jordan Reed could be an All-Pro or he could be a cap casualty in 2019. 

—The numbers say that Vernon Davis needs to have Reed on the field to be consistently productive; he had no more than two receptions in any of the last six games. 

—​Jeremy Sprinkle will be relied upon to block and play special teams and anything he produces in the receptions department will be a bonus. 

Offensive line

—After making the Pro Bowl while dealing with a serious knee injury last year, who knows what Trent Williams can accomplish if he can, you know, practice during the week.

—Right now Shawn Lauvao is the Redskins’ starter at left guard but a trade or free agent signing could change that in a heartbeat.

—Jay Gruden has a great deal of confidence in Chase Roullier as the starting center and the hope is that he keeps the job for many years to come. 

—Will Brandon Scherff take the next step and attain All-Pro status?

—​Morgan Moses dealt with injuries to both ankles last year, but he was the only offensive lineman who didn’t miss at least two starts.

—If I had to bet right now I’d say that Ty Nsekhe will start the season as the backup tackle on both sides and not as the starting left guard. 

—As long as Nsekhe is the swing tackle, Geron Christin is likely to be inactive on game days. 

—​Tyler Catalina will have to battle his way onto the roster but his ability to play both guard and tackle will land him on the 53. 

—​Tony Bergstrom is the answer to the question, “Who is the Redskins backup center?”

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Days until:

—Minicamp (6/12) 22
—Training camp starts (7/26) 67
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 81

The Redskins last played a game 140 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 112 days. 

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