Okay, that was weird. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely not complaining, but Game 1 of the 2012 Fall Classic was eerily similar to Game 1 of the 2010 Fall Classic. The only difference? Tim Lincecum was supposed to pitch great in 2010; Barry Zito wasn’t supposed to do THAT yesterday.
Even in small sample sizes, statistics can still ring true. Like Miguel Cabrera, who was 2-for-8 with two walks against Zito coming into last night. He walked and hit a RBI single off of the Giants’ starter, and would’ve had two had Gregor Blanco not been playing in left field.
Then there’s Pablo Sandoval, whose 1-for-1 with an All-Star triple history against Justin Verlander transformed into 3-for-3 with a triple and two home runs last night against the 2011 AL Cy Young. I put little weight into that exhibition triple when I was writing my post yesterday, but then again, who can really draw on ONE All-Star Game at bat to get a semblance of advantage for a player? Hindsight is 20-20, I suppose.
On to tonight. I’m sure these posts will get more interesting as this series rolls along, especially when Anibal Sanchez is pitching (I said interesting, not fun to read). As for the Giants’ history versus tonight’s Tigers’ starter, Doug Fister, there isn’t much to see:
That’s it. Scutaro is 1-for-11 lifetime against Fister, albeit that one is a 2-RBI single. He also has two walks, but that’s all we have to work with. There is one other Giant that has lifetime numbers against Fister, but his name sounds like “milk” and he’s not on the 25-man roster. Moving right along…
The Tigers have a little more to work with against Madison Bumgarner: he faced the Tigers in Detroit in 2011, a game the Giants won 4-3. Bumgarner went 7 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and one run while walking one and striking out nine. Not bad, but that was a different team. Here’s how the current Tigers shape up against him:
You never like to see the leadoff hitter batting .667 against your starting pitcher, but that’s what the Giants are looking at tonight with Austin Jackson. In fact, the Tigers’ 1-through-5 hitters are batting .553 against Bumgarner, a pitcher who has already shown considerable wear this postseason with an ERA of 11.52 in eight innings. Bumgarner says he has fixed his mechanical flaws and Bruce Bochy seemed to show confidence that the lefty can go deep by pitching Tim Lincecum for 2 1/3 innings in relief last night.
Then again, it’s postseason baseball, so expect the unexpected. If Barry Zito’s RBI single off of Justin Verlander is evidence of anything, it’s that we really know nothing. We know nothing at all.