The Detroit Tigers did not enjoy their trip to San Francisco this week.
Coming into the series as the odds on favorites, the Tigers find themselves in a 0-2 series hole to the San Francisco Giants, who it now seems can do no wrong.
After a grueling seven game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants were forced to throw Barry Zito in game one against All-Planet pitcher Justin Verlander. The result? Zito dealt like the man who won the AL Cy-Young in 2002, Pablo Sandoval hit three homeruns, and the Giants smoked Verlander for five runs on their way to an 8-3 victory.
Then the Giants decided to throw Madison Bumgarner in game two, a guy who hasn’t had his normal stuff since the end July. The Tigers threw Doug Fister, who was one of the best pitchers in the AL after the All Star Break.
Fister did his job, holding the Giants to just 1 run on 6 hits, but what not many expected was Bumgarner to look like 2010 World Series Bumgarner. The 23-year-old they call Mad-Bum threw 7 innings, allowed only 2 hits and struck out 8, frustrating Tigers hitters all night and the Giants won 2-0.
We are at that point in the baseball season where there are about two weeks left, and the field has been narrowed down to the best 4 teams in the League. Welcome to the Championship Series. Today we are going to breakdown the National League Championship Series, which pits the St. Louis Cardinals versus the San Francisco Giants.
This matchup has a ton of great storylines, it pretty much writes itself. (Thank you baseball Gods) On the surface, you have a matchup between the last two World Series Champions. Both teams made improbable runs in their respective Championship seasons, and both defeated the Texas Rangers in the World Series.
This year’s Cardinals are managed by first year Manager Mike Matheny, who made a name for himself playing five seasons with the Cardinals in the early 2000s. Matheny then went on to play for the Giants in 2005, where he won a gold glove and the Willie Mac Award, a team award given out to the player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership shown by Willie McCovey in his day.
Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco CATime: 1:25 PM PT After spending three of the first four weeks of the season on the road, including a week between games in Youngstown Ohio, the 3-1 San Francisco 49ers are happy to be home. The 49ers play their first of a three game home stand on Sunday. Their opponents, the 2-2 Buffalo Bills, are just happy to be able to play again and get the bad taste from last week out of their mouths. It was a tale of two halves’s for Buffalo, who went into halftime leading the New England Patriots 14-7, only to give up six consecutive touchdown drives and lose the game 52-28. A week later they find themselves on the West Coast, facing what is one of if not the best defense in the NFL. The Bills will be without two starting offensive linemen, which if true will mean a long day for running backs Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller. One would think if the Bills can’t get their duo in the backfield going, the 49ers defense will start pinning their ears back and coming after the quarterback.