Up against the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, the San Francisco Giants had an excellent start to this World Series and earned the 8-3 victory in Game 1 thanks to three home runs by Pablo Sandoval and a great start by Barry Zito. To ensure that the Detroit Tigers cannot win the World Series by sweeping their three games at home, the Giants will need to head into Detroit with the 2-0 series lead. To do so, they'll look for a rebound performance from Madison Bumgarner.
One of the most consistent starters for the Giants during the regular season, Bumgarner has unraveled and struggled in his two postseason starts. Whether it is fatigue or other hot-hitting lineups, he had mechanical issues and was viewed as a risky starter for the rest of the postseason. When constructing the rotation for the World Series, the Giants certainly had to think hard about Bumgarner's role, especially since they skipped over his second turn in the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In the end, they opted to give Bumgarner the start in Game 2. With 11 days of rest and successful side sessions over the past two weeks, the team is confident in his abilities to pitch well in this game. Despite his struggles against the Cincinnati Reds and Cardinals this postseason, he is only two years removed from his 2010 World Series gem where he pitched eight shutout innings of three-hit ball. With Tim Lincecum possibly unavailable after pitching 2 1/3 innings in Game 1, a short start by Bumgarner could be fatal for the Giants.
While there were discussions of possibly starting Ryan Vogelsong in Game 2 in order to potentially get two starts from him and Matt Cain, the Giants have decided to use Bumgarner for a start and leave Lincecum in the bullpen. So far looking like a decision that has worked out this postseason, the team is depending on Bumgarner for a repeat showing of what he accomplished during the regular season and in the 2010 World Series. Given his struggles in his last two starts, his success or struggles in Game 2 will greatly affect the tide and momentum in this series.
The San Francisco Giants will host the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Starting pitcher matchup:
Detroit: Doug Fister
2012 postseason: 0-0, 1.35 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 13 Ks
2012 regular season: 10-10, 3.45 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 137 Ks
Career regular season numbers vs. Giants: No statistics
Career regular season numbers at AT&T Park: No statistics
San Francisco: Madison Bumgarner
2012 postseason: 0-2, 11.25 ERA, 2.13 WHIP, 6 Ks
2012 regular season: 16-11, 3.37 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 191 Ks
Career regular season numbers vs. Tigers: 0-0, 1.23 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 9 Ks
Career regular season numbers at AT&T Park: 19-12, 3.08 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 243 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 1:
Austin Jackson - 2-for-4, run scored in the sixth inning
Jhonny Peralta - 1-for-4, two-run home run in ninth inning
Marco Scutaro - 2-for-4, two runs, two RBIs, both singles scored Angel Pagan in the third and seventh innings
Pablo Sandoval - 4-for-4, three home runs, three runs scored, four RBIs
Gregor Blanco - 0-for-4, two clutch sliding defensive plays
Barry Zito - 5.2 innings pitched, six hits allowed, one run, one walk, three strikeouts, RBI single in fourth inning
Tim Lincecum - 2.1 innings pitched, zero hits allowed, zero runs, zero walks, five strikeouts
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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.
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