With the 2012 postseason drawing to a close, Alex Remington takes a look at the statistics that might make a difference in this World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers. Game 1 is scheduled for Wednesday night at AT&T Park.
.080 The difference between the Giants' OPS this postseason with runners on base (.751) versus their overall OPS (.671). That's much higher than their regular-season OPS bump from having men on base, which was just .029 (.753 versus .724), or the league-average bump of .024 (.748 versus .724). The Giants are doing a great deal better than that. That wouldn't be sustainable over a long season, but the Giants just need a week more worth of pixie dust. Right now, it doesn't matter whether you're lucky or good — just that you're winning ballgames.
9.4 The strikeouts per nine innings of the Detroit Tigers' entire pitching staff this postseason, better than a man an inning. Unusual for most teams, the starters are actually leading the way: The Tigers' starting pitchers have struck out 9.6 men per nine innings, while the bullpen is at 8.7 K/9. And those strikeouts come in handy, considering that the Tigers are not well regarded for their defense.Read More »from 10 numbers for the World Series: Tigers vs. Giants