World Series Game 3 Pitching Matchup

October 27, 2012


World Series Game 3 (8.00 FOX): SF leads 2-0

Ryan Vogelsong (SFG) v Anibal Sanchez (DET)

Ryan Vogelsong

The Tigers will be hoping that a change of scenery back to the ivy hanging on the center-field backdrop at Comerica – which has turned to the brown and orange colors of autumn since the AL Championship Series – will get their team fired up and back in with a chance in the World Series. The Giants however will send out Ryan Vogelsong out onto the mound for game 3 of this series, and he’ll be looking to keep the Giants strong advantage going. The Giants have won every game of the three that Vogelsong has pitched in so far this postseason, has given up just one run in each of his starts, while also only giving up between three to four hits a game. On top of all that, he has 18 strikeouts and has been dominant every time he’s on the mound.

Anibal Sanchez

Meanwhile, Anibal Sanchez will be on the mound for the Tigers, and he has one thing that many of his Detroit teammates don’t – experience – having faced the Giants while with the Marlins earlier on this season. He faced San Francisco back on May 3 and was very good in that appearance. He gave up just one run on seven hits in seven innings, striking out five. While his two postseason starts haven’t lit it up, Sanchez has been pretty good. He didn’t give up a run on three hits in seven innings in his last start against the Yankees, while he only sacrificed two runs on five hits against Oakland. Both appearances have been on the road, and while Comerica Park hasn’t really been home for the Sanchez this year, he will enjoy having the fans on his side.


This matchup is the first of two really interesting battles, with both Sanchez and Vogelsong seeming very even. Vogelsong has had a better postseason, but Sanchez has done well against the Giants this year. Vogelsong will be hoping for the Giants to provide him the offense that Barry Zito got back in game one, and if they can continue their momentum from the first two games, Vogelsong will make things difficult on their hitters. If the Tigers switch on and start scoring some more runs, then they may give themselves a chance. This one is too close to call.

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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 with analysis and general information about many Australian, American and International sports. As well as that, I also write on

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