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World Series Game 4 Preview: Giants Sweep, or Tigers Claw Back?

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This one is difficult. Either the Giants will complete a four-game sweep of the 2012 World Series, or the Tigers will make it somewhat interesting with a win. It won’t get truly interesting unless the Tigers win the next three games. Unfortunately for the Tigers, that will take a lot of work, and a lot of something they haven’t had in two full games: runs.

In Game 1, the Tigers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth, but lost. In games 2 and 3, the Tigers didn’t score a single run. So far in the series, the Tigers have batted .165 with an on-base percentage of .248. Again, they’ve only scored three runs.

If the Tigers lose tonight, much of the spotlight will be on the Detroit’s big-three: Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander and Prince Fielder. In the World Series, Fielder and Cabrera have combined to go 3-19, with only 1 RBI. Verlander gave up 5 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings in his Game 1 start.

Tonight’s pitching matchup: The Giants will send out their best arm of the regular season in Matt Cain to face off against Max Scherzer, who was arguably as good as Justin Verlander down the stretch. They will need him to silence the Giants tonight.

For the record, no team in WS history has come back to win after going down 0-3.

Tonight’s lineups:

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San Francisco

Angel Pagan CF

Marco Scutaro 2B

Pablo Sandoval 3B

Buster Posey C

Hunter Pence RF

Brandon Belt 1B

Gregor Blanco LF

Ryan Theriot DH

Brandon Crawford SS[/column]

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Detroit

Austin Jackson CF

Quintin Berry LF

Miguel Cabrera 3B

Prince Fielder 1B

Delmon Young DH

Andy Dirks RF

Jhonny Peralta SS

Omar Infante 2B

Gerald Laird C[/column]

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