Tom Verducci The Tigers should win this fairly easily, with Justin Verlander going twice in the first five games. But their layoff and defense are problematic, and the Giants rate the edge in bullpens. GIANTS IN SEVEN.
Joe Lemire San Francisco's 6-0 record when facing elimination this postseason is commendable but won't be enough, as Detroit's red-hot rotation and superior offensive firepower overcome its lack of bullpen depth. TIGERS IN SIX.
Albert Chen San Francisco's edge in the bullpen and on defense won't be enough to overcome the Tigers' starting pitching advantage. Detroit's all-righty rotation will dominate. TIGERS IN FIVE.
Ben Reiter The Giants' success this season has not been dependent on the home run -- they are the first team in a quarter-century to make the World Series despite ranking last in the majors in homers -- but they were particularly punchless against righthanded pitching. Their 55 long balls off righties were the fewest for any club since 1992. Detroit's quartet of strikeout-throwing, righthanded starters will not only keep the Giants in the yard, but will disrupt their keep-the-line-moving style, and only Justin Verlander will have to pitch twice. TIGERS INFIVE.
Cliff Corcoran The Tigers have the better starting rotation and were able to set it up the way they wanted by clinching the ALCS early. A victory in the Justin Verlander-Barry Zito matchup in Game 1 would negate the Giants' homefield advantage, giving the Tigers three of the next four home games, one of them another Verlander start. However, all bets are off if the #RallyGiants force a Game 7 in San Francisco. TIGERS IN SIX.
Joe Sheehan The Tigers have beaten two teams perfectly matched for them, with offenses that didn't rely on putting balls in play. Now, they face a good offense that gets singles and doubles, and that will make the difference. GIANTS IN SIX.
Jay Jaffe Detroit's ability to align its rotation appears to be a big advantage given the disarray that the Giants' rotation finds itself in following a tough seven-game series. TIGERS IN SIX.
Stephen Cannella Facing Justin Verlander twice is a scary thought, but the Giants will still have five other chances to get into the Tigers' quivery bullpen. Heavy doses of smallball and karma will bring the World Series trophy back to SF. GIANTS IN SEVEN.
Ted Keith The Giants have had the postseason's best offense and don't strikeout much but they haven't faced a staff as imposing and as adept at racking up K's as Detroit's, which has allowed just seven earned runs the entire postseason. If the Tigers can give a 3-games-to-1 lead to Justin Verlander for a potential Game 5 clincher, the Giants will learn what their cross-Bay brethren did earlier this October: momentum and karma are no match for the game's best pitcher. TIGERS IN FIVE.
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