A troubling trend, perhaps: Three previous times one LCS ended in a sweep while the other went seven games, and each time the team that played Game 7 easily won the World Series.
Then again, the Tigers have Verlander totally rested for the opener.
The reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner is dominating this postseason, going 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA, striking out 25 in 24 1-3 innings. Hardly the form he flashed in the All-Star game, when he couldn't control his 100 mph heat and Sandoval's triple highlighted a five-run first inning.
Cain wound up with the win, the NL romped and earned home-field advantage in the World Series.
Zito is likely to pitch Game 1 for Bochy's bunch. Left off the postseason roster in 2010 — his poor pitching didn't fit with the Giants' self-described group of "misfits" — he has resurrected his career this year and made a key start in the NLCS.
Not so sure is what will become of Tim Lincecum. A star on the title team two years ago, the shaggy-haired two-time Cy Young winner struggled this season. Bumped from the playoff rotation, he excelled in the bullpen and earned a start, but was shaky in Game 4 against St. Louis.
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