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World Series Game 2 Pitching

October 25, 2012

Baseball

World Series Game 2 (8:07 FOX):
SF leads 1-0

Doug Fister (DET) v Madison Bumgarner (SFG)

Fister

On paper, this looks to be a very interesting matchup. But to be honest, many thought that Justin Verlander was going to have the goods last night, and looked what happened there. The Tigers will like this matchup, and will be hoping to level the series.

Doug Fister takes the mound for the Tigers, and he’s been really good in his previous two postseason starts in 2012, despite not registering a decision. In his most recent outing against the Yankees in game 1 of the ALCS, the right-hander allowed six hits and four walks over 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Tigers won that game on the road 6-4 in 12 innings. Fister has never faced the Giants before in his career, though he has gone up against their hot hitter in Marco Scutaro when Scutaro was with Boston. Scutaro is 1 for 11 against Fister with two RBIs, and has only struck out once against him.

Bumgarner

The Giants send Madison Bumgarner out to the mound, and Bumgarner has had a bit of difficulty this postseason. He is 0-2 with a high 11.25 ERA in two starts thus far. He is yet to pitch more than five innings in either of those two starts. In his latest start against the Cardinals, the left-hander was tagged for six runs and eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.

The Giants lost that game 6-4 in the NLCS. He also gave up four runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-0 loss to Cincinnati in Game 2 of the NL division series. In 2010, things were completely the opposite for Bumgarner, so he does know how to perform in the pressure situations of the postseason.

Overall:

This matchup is tough to call, but I think there is an obvious difference in form going into this game. Fister has been solid without getting the recognition he’s deserved, while Bumgarner has been downright awful in his two starts to date. Bumgarner will want to call upon his 2010 form, but that is much easier said than done. These pitching performances will ultimately defend on how the offenses perform, because if the Tigers offense doesn’t turn up for another night, then Fister may still go on to lose this game. He can certainly do his part by silencing the bats of Pablo Sandoval, Scutaro and Buster Posey, and if he can do that, he’ll go a long way to pitching a good game.

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About JarrahVW

I am a student from Melbourne, Australia who loves sport and wants to make writing about it his career. I have a wordpress site at www.sportsotheworld.com with analysis and general information about many Australian, American and International sports. As well as that, I also write on www.thefarmclub.net.

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