If you are a San Francisco Giants fan, you must be pretty happy right now, but if you are a Detroit Tigers fan, you must be wondering how the wheels entirely fell off.
One obvious problem for the Detroit Tigers came from their lack of offense. Led by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and perennial powerhouse Prince Fielder, you would have thought that Detroit could have mustered a little bit more than six runs over these four losses.
Let me try to put this slump in a little bit more perspective for you. Six runs over four games comes out to an average of 1.5 runs per game. Over the 162 game season, the Detroit Tigers scored 726 runs. That is an average of approximately 4.5 runs per game. When your offense can only produce about one third of its typical output, you know you’re headed for problems.
While the decrease in offense is obvious, its cause might be a little bit harder to diagnose. On one hand, the Detroit offense might have just hit a wall. They may have just gotten unlucky. After all, baseball is a game where you fail a lot more than you succeed.
However, this San Francisco Giants pitching staff deserves a lot of credit for their role in this process as well. They were able to hold the mighty Detroit offense to a .159 batting average. On top of that, they were able to pitch under control. Over 37 innings, they only walked 12 batters and surrendered three home runs. That tells me that they were able to put the ball where they wanted it and avoided making bad pitches as much as possible.
Even with the best pitching in the world, the offense needs to deliver, and the Giants did that key opportunities. It is somewhat disappointing that the team only managed to hit .242 throughout the series, but they came through when they needed to. Specifically, they had 32 total hits and 15 total RBI. On average, just over every two hits drove in a run.
I know that that ratio might not make a lot of sense, but I am mainly mentioning it because it shows that they scored a lot of runs with a limited amount of hits and could help explain some of why the Giants ended up on top of this series.
The World Series was not nearly as dramatic as I had predicted it would be. Part of me thought that the Detroit offense would be able to come through to at least take a few games from San Francisco Giants. However, San Francisco showed up and took home a well deserved championship. Detroit will have to wait until next year just like everyone else.