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Another Come Back: Tigers in the 1968 World Series

By October 27, 2012

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Okay, the San Francisco Giants lead the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in the 2012 World Series; but the Detroit Tigers came back from a more dire situation in the 1968 World Series. Here's what happened:

Game 4 was a blowout when Detroit lost to the St. Louis Cardinals, 1-10. The situation was bleak because the Tigers were down 1-3 games in the series and had only one more game in Tigers Stadium before heading back to St. Louis for Games 6 and 7.

Not only did Detroit win Game 5, they won Game 6 decisively, 13-1. Turns out, St. Louis couldn't find a reliever that could do the job. In fact, the Cardinals cycled seven pitchers to the mound during the course of Game 6, while Tigers' pitcher Denny McLain kept the Cardinals down to one run. The blowout was apparently enough of a psychological boost for the Tigers to win Game 7 and take the World Championship.

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October 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm
(1) Aquaria says:

A whole lot of rather important things are different from 1968:

The Giants won’t have a problem finding a reliever.

The Giants won’t say die until the final out of someone’s game 4 is recorded. You were paying attention to the NLDS and NLCS…right?

The Giants started off with their #3 & 4 arms while the Tigers put up their 1 & 2, and the Giants still won. Now the 1 & 2 Giants pitchers go into Detroit facing 3 & 4 on the Tigers. Every starter in 1968 went in rotation order against each other.

The team that is most like those 68 Tigers is–wait for it–the GIANTS, who have definitely shown their resilience this year. The Tigers have had a much easier time of their season.

I could go on, but that’s enough reality to burst that bubble of denial and delusion you’re living in. The grasp of any straw you can find to believe the Tigers will win is so sad.

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