Giants and Tigers Meet in Game 1 of the World Series: Fan’s Preview

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While their paths to it have been different, the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers have both made it to the 2012 World Series. Just a couple days ago, the Giants capped off their amazing comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals, down 3-1 in the NLCS. After hosting Game 7 of the NLCS, they will now host Game 1 of the World Series in what will add even more excitement to their magical run through the postseason.

As for the Tigers, they've had to wait nearly a week for this moment. After sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS, the Tigers last played a game on Thursday, October 18. Doing what they can to stay sharp and ready for whomever their World Series opponent would be, Detroit has run through the playoffs thanks to excellent efforts by their rotation and key play from batters like Miguel Cabrera, Delmon Young, Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante and Austin Jackson.

In order to continue their success, the Tigers are aiming for another exemplary outing by ace Justin Verlander. In line for his second straight Cy Young Award, he has a 0.74 ERA and 25 strikeouts in three starts this postseason. Possessing electric stuff all postseason, the Giant hitters will certainly be facing their toughest test to date in the playoffs. With the World Series being an interleague matchup, Verlander has only faced the Giants once in his career. On June 16, 2008, he played the Giants at AT&T Park against a lineup featuring no hitters who he'll face today.

As for Barry Zito, aside from also being an AL Cy Young Award winner, he is the opposite of Verlander. A left-hander whose fastball tops at the mid-80s, his Game 1 start in the World Series is a big difference from the Giants' World Series win in 2010 where he had no impact on the team's success and was left off the roster. Providing a clutch performance for the Giants during Game 5 of the NLCS, he has rallied despite recent shortcomings and will be called upon for arguably the biggest start of his career.

Matchup:

The San Francisco Giants will host the Detroit Tigers at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

Starting pitcher matchup:

Detroit: Justin Verlander

2012 postseason: 3-0, 0.74 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, 25 Ks

2012 regular season: 17-8, 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 239 Ks

Career regular season numbers vs. Giants: 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 7 Ks

Career regular season numbers at AT&T Park: 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 7 Ks

San Francisco: Barry Zito

2012 postseason: 1-0, 1.74 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 10 Ks

2012 regular season: 15-8, 4.15 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 114 Ks

Career regular season numbers vs. Tigers: 8-6, 2.91 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 69 Ks

Career regular season numbers at AT&T Park: 30-35, 4.21 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 358 Ks

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be nationally watched on FOX and heard live on ESPN Radio.

Sources:

Tigers' stellar pitching meets Giants' scrappy bats, MLB.com

Tigers-Giants Preview, AP

Detroit Tigers/San Francisco Giants Box Score Monday June 16, 2008, Yahoo! Sports

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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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