Just a few thoughts while we wait patiently to see if Detroit will have a World Series rematch with St. Louis, or if the Tigers will take on the Giants.
Regardless of who the other half of the World Series matchup is, Detroit will begin the series Wednesday on the road. The blame for that falls on none other than Justin Verlander (although one could make a case for blaming Bud Selig), who laid an egg in his All-Star start and gave home field advantage to the NL team. I imagine he is in for some good-natured ribbing.
If St. Louis beats SF on Sunday, the 2012 World Series will be the first ever in which two teams with under 90 regular season wins face each other.
And because Wednesday’s game is in the NL park, our ALCS MVP DH will have to find a new gig; Leyland confirms the plan is to play Young in LF in Game 1. This may cut down on Quintin Berry appearances. It is worth noting that Q-Berry hit .314 (11-for-35) with a HR and 5 RBI in Interleague play.
Young will get a chance to practice his fielding, um, skills on Sunday and Monday: Jim Leyland, having experienced the 2006 World Series where the Tigers came out flat after having 6 days off, decided to try something different this time around, and is bringing players from the instruction league in for some scrimmage time. My advice to the scrimmagers: bunting, lots of bunting (those who remember 2006 will understand).
Speaking of Leyland, Dave Dombrowski has publicly proclaimed: Jim Leyland is welcome back.
Gene Lamont got less love: Boston seemed uninterested in Lamont this time around in their managerial search (Farrell appears to have the job, although Toronto will have to be compensated). Lamont says the Red Sox would have been better off if they had gone with him last time around.
And just for fun, let’s review some of the numbers from the Yankee series:
- The Tigers swept the ALCS without ever trailing, joining the 1984 Tigers as the only teams to do so.
- The Tigers became the first team to win 5 straight postseason games against the Yankees
- The Tigers are the only team in the AL to be undefeated in posteason series vs the Yankees (3-for-3), and their 10-3 record gives them the best winning percentage of any franchise.
- Delmon Young became the first player to have the game-winning RBI in all 4 wins of a postseason series.
- The starting staff finished with a series ERA of 0.66, the 2nd best ever in a best-of-seven series (the 1966 Orioles had 0.61 against the Dodgers).