Thursday, October 25, 2012

Pitching Rules the Night

Game 2 of the World Series saw another great pitching performance by the San Francisco Giants. This time it was Madison Bumgarner who pitched 7 innings of great baseball. Bumgarner gave up 2 hits and no runs. He then left it to the Giants great bullpen to finish the job.

The Tigers were supposed to have the better pitching and the more powerful batters heading into the series. Both have been proven false through 2 games. The Tigers did get a good performance out of Doug Fister. Fister went 6 innings and gave up 1 run and 4 hits. That run by the Giants was enough to earn the win.

Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants 8x10 Photograph 2010 World Series Game 4San Francisco actually got some insurance in the bottom of the 9th inning by scoring another run. San Francisco won the game 2-0. For the second straight night, Detroit's bats were non-existent. They were asleep. Detroit has only scored 3 runs in the first 2 games of the 2012 World Series.

Detroit heads back home in a big hole. At least they will have home field advantage but that might not be enough to alter the momentum that the Giants are riding right now. It has to be extremely demoralizing that the Tigers have been unable to create any offense. It's sad and embarrassing that 1 run would have won tonight's game.

The Tigers have to rebound quickly and find a way to score some runs. There so called stars need to step it up. The Tigers have looked more like the kittens. Remember the slogan for the Lions? Something like restore the roar. Tigers fans need to make that their slogan. All we've heard from the Tigers so far are a couple of meows.

Maybe we just need to give the Giants some credit. Many of us overlooked their lineup and the potential that it could provide the team. Many of us overlooked their starting pitching. We all know about their relievers but their starting pitchers have been lights out the past 5 games.

This doesn't seem to be a fluke. The Giants pitchers have given up 5 runs in 5 games. That type of pitching, coupled with their strong relief pitching is a deadly combination. Then you add the fact that the Giants have been able to score lots of runs (except for tonight) and they seem unbeatable right now.

I think I rated the Tigers too high. They haven't shown me anything worth writing about as far as their offense is concerned. Their pitching hasn't been that great either.

The Tigers might still impress us. At least they weren't obliterated tonight. Their pitching was strong. It's Prince Fielder and company that needs to find a way to score some runs. Maybe that's not possible in this series. Maybe Fielder and company are overrated.

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