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Justin Verlander is the Tigers' 'great equalizer' in World Series

October 23, 2012|By Houston Mitchell

The San Francisco Giants will take on the Detroit Tigers in the World Series this year, and Times Dodgers writer Dylan Hernandez and Angels writer Mike DiGiovanna discussed the upcoming Fall Classic today in a Google+ hangout.

The long layoff may hurt Detroit, and "it could take a game or two for them to find their game legs," DiGiovanna said, but the Tigers have an answer to that.

"Justin Verlander is the great equalizer," DiGiovanna said. "He will give the Tigers hitters a chance to get their legs back under them, knowing they won't have to score six or seven runs right now. Verlander is the best pitcher in the game right now."

DiGiovanna went on to compare Verlander to Jack Morris and Orel Hershiser.

Hernandez pointed out the Giants' lack of success against Verlander.

"Giants players are 16 for 75 with no homers against Verlander, so even if you look at the history of those particular players, it doesn't look good," Hernandez said.

As Times baseball columnist Bill Shaikin wrote Monday night:

"You say the San Francisco Giants might have to be pretty crazy lucky to beat Justin Verlander. You might be right."


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