Everything is going right for the San Francisco Giants. After another 2-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the World Series, this time at Comerica Park in Detroit, the Giants are just one game away from sweeping them and winning their second title in three years. Needless to say, momentum is definitely on San Francisco's side.
While the Tigers' pitching performances have been good in these two straight games, Madison Bumgarner outpitched Doug Fister in Game 2 and Ryan Voglesong outpitched Anibal Sanchez in Game 3. The disparity of hits by the two teams in these games is not large (San Francisco's 12 hits to Detroit's seven), but the Giants have been able to string their hits together for runs. Meanwhile, the Tigers have fallen victim to double plays in the infield and great grabs in the outfield. While the Giants are in an excellent position, for no team down 3-0 in the World Series has ever come back to win four straight games, they're not getting ahead of themselves.
"If we start thinking about that kind of stuff, things can get weird," reliever Jeremy Affeldt said. "And we don't want them to get weird."
No stranger to postseason comebacks this season (just ask the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals), the Tigers could very well make this series interesting if Max Scherzer has another great outing in the playoffs and if their bats can heat up against Matt Cain, who will be going for his third series-clinching performance of the 2012. While the Giants have thoroughly outperformed the Tigers in these three World Series games, this 2012 postseason has proven to be nothing but ordinary. The momentum is definitely in San Francisco's favor, but Detroit is still playing at home and has a very talented, yet slumping lineup that could claim Game 4 and make this World Series head back to the West Coast.
The San Francisco Giants will visit the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park located in Detroit, MI on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Starting pitcher matchup:
San Francisco: Matt Cain
2012 postseason: 2-2, 3.52 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 15 Ks
2012 regular season: 16-5, 2.79 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 193 Ks
Career regular season numbers vs. Tigers: No statistics
Career regular season numbers at Comerica Park: No statistics
Detroit: Max Scherzer
2012 postseason: 1-0, 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 18 Ks
2012 regular season: 16-7, 3.74 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 231 Ks
Career regular season numbers vs. Giants: 1-3, 5.12 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 20 Ks
Career regular season numbers at Comerica Park: 23-11, 3.45 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 287 Ks
Where to watch and listen to the game:
The game can be nationally watched on FOX and heard live on ESPN Radio.
Key contributors from Game 3:
Hunter Pence - 2-for-3, one run, one walk
Gregor Blanco - 1-for-4, one run, one RBI, key defensive plays throughout game
Brandon Crawford - 2-for-3, one RBI, singled to shallow center for second run in second inning, helped turn crucial double plays
Ryan Vogelsong - 5.2 innings pitched, five hits allowed, zero runs, four walks, three strikeouts
Tim Lincecum - 2.1 innings pitched, zero hits allowed, zero runs, one walk, three strikeouts, recorded his first hold of the 2012 postseason
Sergio Romo - 1.0 innings pitched, zero hits allowed, zero runs, zero walks, one strikeout, earned the save for the second straight game after another perfect ninth inning
Austin Jackson - 1-for-2, two walks
Phil Coke - 1.0 inning pitched, zero hits allowed, zero runs, zero walks, three strikeouts, struck out the side in the ninth inning
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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this Featured Contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.