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World Series Predictions

It seems like the Tigers have just about everything going in their favor heading into the 2006 World Series.  They’ve gotten a week of rest while the Cardinals have been fighting for their lives in a tough NLCS.  The Tigers handled the Cardinals pretty easily when they came to Detroit, the rotation is set just like Jim Leyland wants it and Albert Pujols is nursing a hamstring injury.  The Tigers are red hot after winning seven straight while the Cardinals have been pretty much winning one game at a time.  The Tigers are heavy favorites and it seems like nobody is giving the Cardinals much of a chance in this series.  Most feel the Tigers should sweep while I’ve heard several people “hope” it goes to six just so the Tigers can win at home.  It’s like everything is in the Tigers’ favor.

Which is why I’m worried.  Nobody gave the Tigers much of a chance against the Yankees just a couple of weeks ago and nobody gave the Tigers much of a chance against the Cardinals back in 1968.  While it’s great to be optimistic, I think we shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves.  Anything can, and probably will, happen.

Justin Verlander will get the start in game one. I was a little surprised by this, and expected Kenny Rogers in that first game.  Maybe Leyland wanted Rogers in a game six if it goes that far instead of Verlander.  Another rookie will be on the mound for the Cardinals in Anthony Reyes, who has some very good stuff.  He didn’t have quite have the success that Verlander had this year but remember this guys’ name because he’s going to be a good one.

So, here’s how I think this is going to play out.  Tigers win game one.  Then Rogers finally hits a wall and loses game two.  The Cards get a strong and emotional outing by Jeff Weaver and he gets plenty of help from Albert Pujols, who has a monster game against Rogers.  The Cardinals will then throw everyone for a loop and take the series lead with a win in game three when Chris Carpenter outduels Nate Robertson, but the Tigers then win three straight to win the series in six.  The final game will see Carpenter throw on short rest and get shelled for his efforts.  World Series MVP will go to Justin Verlander, who will win games one and a critical game five.

Works for me.

The Tigers definitely drew nice pitching matchups in game 1 and 2. Though both Cardinal pitchers give up a ton of home runs that figures to be depressed a bit with Comerica and the weather conditions. I’m going Tigers in 5, they’re better, and they’re rolling. But we all know how short series work in baseball….rarely how you expect.

Posted by KS on October 21st, 2006 at 10:50 am

I have a hard time understanding why your giving game winning predictions to Reyes and Carpenter, without even mentioning Suppon. Who is the the most clutch pitcher the cards have.The tigers will have no walk in the park this series and if the the plan on winning they better do it in six. If it goes to a game seven I will have to go with the cards

Posted by chris on October 21st, 2006 at 2:54 pm

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Posted by The Preview « Baseball By Paul on October 21st, 2006 at 3:11 pm

Oh and let me add that I am not a huge fan of either of the teams, just a baseball fan in general.LETS GIVE A HUGE PRAISE TO YANKEES, METS, and RED SOXS FOR NOT MAKING IT THIS YEAR. I’m so sick of those guys with there overwhelming greed of money and big heads.

Posted by chris on October 21st, 2006 at 3:11 pm

The tigers in three the cards in two.

Posted by jc on October 21st, 2006 at 5:59 pm

[…] Hopefully Brian over at Tiger Blog is right in his prediction. He thought the Tigers would go down 2 games to 1 before rallying. The starting pitching has been solid over the past two games. If Detroit can continue to get solid pitching from their starters they will be in every game. However the bats have got to start providing them with some run support. And cutting down on the errors would certainly help too. […]

Posted by Gorilla Crouch » Errors, Cold Bats Doom Tigers on October 24th, 2006 at 7:41 pm

The Cardinals are the 2006 World Series Champions. So let me start off by saying “Fuck you.”

Now, I can fully understand why you may find this outright insulting. In fact, I can understand why you may ultimately delete this post for both the insulting content as well as the desire to indulge in resolving any instance of cognitive dissonance. However, deleting this post doesn’t change the fact that every “baseball expert” was proven wrong when the St. Louis Cardinals were crowned World Series Champions for the 10th time in Major League Baseball History.

I cannot even begin to explain why the Cardinals deserved it to be crowned champions more than the tigers. Perhaps it is because Fox Studios said it well: “You can’t script October.” Perhaps it’s because the Detroit Tigers underwent their own instance of a meltdown. Perhaps it’s because we’ve proven time and time again that regular season records, talent, and statistics do not form a positive logicistical correlation with the probability of winning the World Series.

While I leave these ideas up for thought, let me mention that no single team has won the world series consecutively in the last ten years. Additionally, in the last ten years, the majority of teams in the World Series have been wild card teams. The fact that the cardinals have undergone their own version of a end-season meltdown should have been an indicator of their own potential. Not only did they survive their end-of-the-season meltdown with a playoff berth, but they found themselves with a healthier line-up and a powerful resolve. This is perhaps the strongest reason why they won the World Series. They played harder because they willed themselves to in the midst of their own failures. They simply wanted to win the World Series more than Detroit. They won despite their 2005 NL MVP hitting sub 300 with less than 2 RBI’s all series. The Cardinals are the World Series Champions and they took the Tigers out in five games. For those of you who joked around and said the Tigers would take it in three games, let me say it again: “Fuck You.” The Cardinals took out the Tigers 7 games before anyone would have ever believed it. Congratulations to the 2006 World Series Champions: The St. Louis Cardinals.

Posted by xNeoxThexOnex on October 28th, 2006 at 3:05 am

Very mature. Not sure why the explitives are neccesary. Maybe you should work on your math. How did the Cardinals beat the Tigers seve games before anypone believed it?

Posted by Brian on October 28th, 2006 at 8:34 am

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