While many Orioles fans turned off baseball 12 days ago, I didn’t.
I had the chance to watch the League Championship Series on television, and thoroughly enjoyed them.
I’ve had enough of the guy in the Samsung commercial who asks if you’ve ever had “déjà, deja, deja, déjà vu?” I’ve also had enough of Brian Wilson, an entertaining interview while he’s playing, but he’s injured.
I haven’t had enough of the Detroit Tigers, but I’m suspecting a week from now, the San Francisco Giants.
The Tigers were my preseason pick to win the World Series, over the Giants, and I see no reason to change that prediction.
After adding Prince Fielder, the Tigers were expected to dominate the AL Central, but couldn’t put away the pesky Chicago White Sox for most of the season.
The Tigers were three games under .500 on July 4 and trailed the White Sox by three games as late as Sept. 17. Without playing Chicago in the last 16 games, Detroit won the Central going away.
With a tough five-game series with Oakland and a four-game sweep of New York behind them, Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander seem poised to expose the Giants.
San Francisco has a better bullpen, and if you buy the theory that the Tigers will be rusty after five days off, momentum.
They had the wonderful Buster Posey catching, but over than him, little power. Their best starter, Matt Cain, isn’t pitching until Game 4.
By that time, it may be too late to help much.
Verlander, Cabrera and Fielder are big-time players in their prime. Cabrera may be the best hitter of his generation and Verlander the best pitcher.
The best players play the best in the biggest games: Tigers in six.