This is the best of all worlds, I think -- well, except, of course, for having the Cubs in the World Series, which will happen... someday.
Here are two old-line, traditional teams, who have combined for 28 previous Fall Classic appearances, but who have never met each other in October before now.
Here's our Baseball Nation predictions for this World Series, including mine:
Back on April 4, I picked the Tigers to win the World Series. Over the Giants. 19 days ago, I picked the Tigers to win the World Series. Over the Giants. So, if for no other reason than to be internally consistent, I'm picking the Tigers to win the World Series over the Giants. Seriously, there are good, solid baseball reasons to pick the Tigers. Justin Verlander, Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer have combined to throw 62 innings this postseason and allow seven earned runs -- that's an ERA of 1.02. They've given up three home runs, 19 walks and struck out 68. That's not just good, it's otherworldly. Their offense hasn't been great, but it hasn't had to be with that kind of pitching, and Jim Leyland appears to have sorted out his bullpen. The Giants, meanwhile, have won two series with good pitching as well -- from unexpected sources like Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong. Their bats came alive in their three-game comeback over the Cardinals, when they outscored St. Louis 20-1. But mostly, they seemed to make those comebacks with pixie fairy dust. While there's certainly a place for pixie fairy dust in baseball, I think Detroit's pitching is just too good. Tigers in six.
MLB.com Gameday for World Series Game 1. Game time: 7 p.m. CDT. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Erin Andrews.
|2012 - Justin Verlander||17-8||33||33||6||1||0||0||238.1||192||81||70||19||60||239||2.64||1.06|
|2012 - Barry Zito||15-8||32||32||1||1||0||0||184.1||186||91||85||20||70||114||4.15||1.39|
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