Detroit Tigers hope they can prolong trend of hitting righties | Baseball
The Detroit Tigers, down 2-0 in the World Series after losing games started by San Francisco left-handers, hope to extend a trend of hitting better against righties in Game 3 Saturday in Detroit.
DETROIT — With San Francisco left-handers Barry Zito and Madison Bumgarner having dominated the Detroit Tigers in the first two games of the World Series, the Tigers have to hope they can find some sort of offense when they host Game 3 Saturday.
The odd part: The Giants might actually provide something of a solution by rolling out Ryan Vogelsong, a right-hander.
The Tigers hit a mere .190 against Zito and Bumgarner in the first two games, including two hits in their 2-0 Game 2 loss Thursday. But all season, they have hit right-handed pitching better.
The Tigers have a .275 batting average against right-handers, with a .337 on-base percentage and .434 slugging percentage. Against lefties, those numbers drop to .253/.329/.395.
Detroit's Prince Fielder, the slugging first baseman who is 1 for 6 in the World Series, feasts on right-handed pitching. He hit 24 of his 30 homers off right-handers, and his on-base-plus-slugging percentage against them is 1.017. Against lefties, it drops to .808.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters Friday he would insert left-handed-hitting corner outfielders Quintin Berry and Andy Dirks into the lineup. Delmon Young figures to move from left field, where he is a liability, to his traditional role as the designated hitter as the World Series uses American League rules in Detroit's home park.
The Tigers also hit significantly better at Comerica Park than they do on the road. Their regular season slash line at home: .278/.342/.451. On the road: .258/.327/.395. They scored 60 more runs at Comerica than they did away from home.
The team with a 2-0 World Series lead has proceeded to win the championship 79 percent of the time (41 of 52).
After game-time temperatures in the 60s for Games 1 and 2 in San Francisco, the forecast calls for lows in the 30s for Game 3 Saturday night.
"It's cold, but I mean, this is the World Series," Leyland said. "It's cold for everybody. It's cold for the fans.
"The beer is cold. Everything is cold. It's great. Enjoy it."
• The Giants' blanking of the Tigers drew a record-low TV rating for a Game 2 of the World Series.
The telecast on Fox earned a 7.8 fast national rating, down 12 percent from last year's St. Louis Cardinals-Texas Rangers matchup. The previous low was an 8.1 for the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies-Tampa Bay Rays series.
Fox officials said the rating was up 3 percent from the Giants' rout in Game 1 Wednesday.
• Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez noted the teams in the World Series have a total of nine players from his country.
Chavez referred to President Barack Obama as he jokingly said, "I think the next World Series, Obama, you're going to have to play it here in Venezuela, because it's Venezuelans all over the place."
• The Miami Marlins, seeking a replacement for fired manager Ozzie Guillen, reportedly interviewed two former Mariners coaches — Larry Bowa and pitching coach Bryan Price.
Bowa, 66, has been an analyst for MLB Network the last two seasons. Price, 50, has been Cincinnati's pitching coach for the last three seasons.
Ex-catcher Mike Redmond, 41, interviewed earlier in the week. He is a former Gonzaga Prep and Gonzaga University player.