Justin Verlander

2012 World Series Preview and Prediction: San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers

Pitching will rule the day
<p> Expect low-scoring, close games from Giants and Tigers</p>

The San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers—both of these franchises have been in business for more than 100 years, but the two tradition-laden clubs have never met in the World Series. Detroit has won 11 American League pennants, winning the World Series four times. The Tigers last won the Series in 1984 and lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Since 1900, the Giants have 19 pennants, appearing the World Series 18 times, winning six, the most recent coming just two years ago when they defeated the Texas Rangers in 2010.

Baseball By The Numbers: Pujols, Bautista and Tough Pitchers

Highs and Lows after early games
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Active pitchers who have held opponents to a sub-.200 batting average over a full season: Justin Verlander 2011 (.192); Johan Santana 2004 (.192); Kerry Wood 1998 (.196) [min. 162 innings].

Times players have hit 40-plus home runs in a season over the past three years. Jose Bautista and Albert Pujols are the only players to accomplish it twice.


Major League Baseball is Back: 2012 Preview and Predictions

The baseball season begins with many new faces in new places.
<p> Baseball is Back: 2012 Preview and Predictions</p>

From the pages of Athlon Sports Monthly, here are five major storylines for the 2012 baseball season , as well as our predictions.

Detroit Tigers 2012 Preview

Tigers are clear favortie in AL Central
<p> With Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera in the middle of the lineup, the Tigers are quite certainly the best team yet again in the Central — where there is not even an obvious challenger to their supremacy.</p>

Detroit Tigers

Baseball's Pitching Changes: The AL Arms Race

Yankees, Rangers, Angels pin postseason aspirations on pitching makeovers
<p> A look at this offseason's significant pitching changes in the American League</p>

— by Mark Ross

Pitchers are scheduled to report to spring training in less than a month, and if Major League Baseball’s offseason is any indication, a lot of teams’ postseason hopes will be riding on those arms that will get tuned up in Florida and Arizona.

Athlon Sports' 2011 AL MVP

Athlon editors comb through the crowded field of contenders and cast their vote for this year's AL MVP
<p> Athlon editors comb through the crowded field of contenders and cast their vote for this year's AL MVP</p>

ALCS: Tigers Limping to Finish

Texas has Detroit outmanned in quest for World Series
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Courtesy of Doug Fister, the Detroit Tigers survived their must-win game last night in Detroit. Now down, two games to one, the Tigers must find a way to win three more games with a makeshift lineup and getting just two more starts combined from Fister and ace Justin Verlander. So, where will the third win come from?

For the Rangers, the formula seems fairly simple: Win Games 4 and 6, which means avoiding seeing Fister again in Game 7.