On paper, the 2012 World Series appears to be the proverbial mismatch.
Best pitcher. Best hitter. Best sidekick.
All reside on the American League champion Detroit Tigers roster. It almost seems unfair.
Except for one nagging, gnawing factor – the X factor.
Whatever X is no one can really put a finger on, but the National League champion San Francisco Giants certainly have it. Down 2-0 in the best-of-five NLDS, they won the next three games against the Cincinnati Reds. On the road.
Down 3-1 in the best-of-seven NLCS, they ripped off three straight wins in dominating fashion, almost as if to say, “you gotta be kidding us” to the St. Louis Cardinals, authors of their own improbable “comeback kids” tale in their prior series against Washington.
Now they get Detroit, and the aforementioned “bests” in Justin Verlander, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder.
They should be overmatched. They should be out of rallies. They should be cooked.
But will they?
Anyone going against the Giants at this point, after they just posted a 6-0 mark in elimination games the last two weeks, would have to be crazy.