Fun Facts: World Seres Game 3

Alex Trautwig

The series returns to Detroit tonight. Can the Tigers reverse the momentum after going down 0-2 in San Francisco?

So here's a terrible idea: Next year, the "World" Series is seven games played on seven different continents.

It's too late to do that this year, though, so 2012's mono-continental World Series will continue tonight in Detroit. Anibal Sanchez and the Tigers (3.86 ERA, 3.53 FIP regular season, 1.35 ERA, 3.69 FIP postseason) will host Ryan Vogelsong (3.37 ERA, 3.70 FIP regular season, 1.42 ERA, 2.31 FIP postseason) at 7.

Fun facts:

  • Anibal Sanchez is the best free agent-to-be pitcher no one is talking about. He's still only 28 and has a 3.70 ERA with 8.1 strikeouts and 2.8 walks per nine innings over the last three seasons, and he's pitched between 195-200 innings in each of those campaigns.
  • Vogelsong, meanwhile, is 35 but still under contract for 2013 and the Giants hold a club option for 2014.
  • The Giants have played in 19 World Series but have only taken a 2-0 lead four times. They also led 2-0 in 2010 (won series in five games), 1954 (swept the series) and 1933 (won series in five games).
  • The Tigers have appeared in eleven Fall Classics, but this is the first time they've been down 0-2 since 1908 when they lost to the Cubs.

Tonight's game will be on Fox.

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