The Detroit Tigers are down 2-0 in the World Series, and I suppose the most important question on everyone’s mind is whether or not it is too late for an epic comeback.
On one hand, history would say that it is far too late. Since 1997, eight teams have taken a 2-0 lead in the World Series, and all eight of those teams ended up winning the World Series. In fact, in 2010, the Giants themselves went up 2-0 on the Texas Rangers, and you all know how that one ended.
With history on their side, the San Francisco Giants will travel to Detroit behind the arm of Ryan Vogelsong. The Tigers will counter with their midseason pickup Anibal Sanchez.
This should create a rather interesting pitching matchup because these two men don’t strike out a lot of opponents. Both of them rely on the opponent putting the ball harmlessly into play and creating outs that way.
In this situation, that could be a recipe for disaster on both sides. The Detroit Tigers obviously have a power packed lineup behind Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Austin Jackson. If they start clubbing the ball, the Giants could obviously be in trouble.
Similarly, if Pablo Sandoval is able to get hot again and is supported by Buster Posey, Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro, their lineup can do substantial damage as well.
It seems as if both teams are in a similar position entering this game, but the San Francisco Giants do have the advantage of momentum. The true impact of momentum is rather hard to quantify, but it is easier to win a baseball game when you are feeling really good about the way you’re playing. The Giants have been playing great baseball throughout the entire postseason, and the momentum must be on their side.
Some of that momentum will be nullified by the fact that Detroit will finally have the home-field advantage. This season, Detroit went 50-31 when they were on their own field, and that was tied for the second best home record in all of baseball behind only the New York Yankees. That must make them feel better about going home and consequently give them a little bit of momentum to push back against the Giants.
With all of these factors in mind, it would not be surprising to see the Detroit Tigers pull out a win in game three. Sanchez is always capable of pitching a gem, and with the home-field advantage, they should be able to bring the series back to a little bit more reasonable place.