The Detroit Tigers take on the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night in what is promising to be an epic encounter. Both teams have been fantastic at hitting and pitching this season and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. The game will be televised on FOX from 8 p.m. ET or alternatively can be watched online free through live streaming via the link below.
These two sides have only played each other 12 times since inter-league play commenced in 1997, and this game in fact marks the very first time they have ever met against each other in the postseason.
Detroit Tigers enter this game riding high in confidence after destroying the New York Yankees to get here. The Tigers beat the Yankees 4-0 in the ALCS, which allowed them ample resting time coming into this game. They've had five days off following a grueling postseason schedule so far, and the Tigers players should be able to enter this game fresh and ready to put on their best performance to try and take a 1-0 lead.
However, a long rest is not always the perfect preparation for a final, and in 2006 the Tigers in fact had nearly a week off only to be comprehensively beaten by the St Louis Cardinals over five games.
Tigers' manager Jim Leyland, however, has dismissed any such concerns of a repeat of 2006: "We ran into bad weather problems in Detroit, so we were really handicapped," he said of his 2006 team. "So this time we've done some things to try to keep us from being idle for four or five days. I definitely think it affected the last World Series."
The Tigers will have Justin Verlander thrown straight into the mix in Game 1, as they go all out to get the all important early lead in the series. Verlander last pitched in Game 3 against the Yankees back on Oct. 16 when he conceded just one earned run as he registered three strike outs over eight and one-third innings.
The Giants will also be on a high after their amazing comeback against the St Louis Cardinals - coming back from 1-3 to claim a 4-3 series win in the NLCS.
They will feel unbeatable having also performed a dramatic fight back to beat the Cincinnati Reds in the NLDS after being 0-2 down they turned the series on its head to win 3-2 in the five-game series.
By having their NLCS playoff series go all the way through to Game 7 the Giants have had less rest than the Tigers, however, San Francisco is looking on the bright side of their situation.
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has said, "We've been playing every day, so guys might be a little more tired, whereas they've got more rest. Then again, we've been playing, so we've got our timing, where they might not."
In fact only three times in the past have two sides met in the World Series with one sweeping their series and the other going all the way to Game 7. Interestingly in each one of those instances the side that went all seven games previously were the ones to go on and win the World Series. Maybe it is advantage Giants as we come into Game 1.
Detroit Tigers vs San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series starts at 8.07 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.