> SOUTHERN INDIANA — The News and Tribune staff answers questions about the sports world’s biggest stories.
1. Was the World Series sweep based more on the Giants’ domination or the Tigers’ failure to show up?
Mike Hutsell, Ad Sales: “Purely on the Giants. Justin Verlander gives up three homers a month and Pablo Sandoval hit three in a game. Sergio Romo is the breakout star of postseason. He dominated late innings. San Fran got a roll and history has shown when that happens in the postseason, it’s nearly impossible to stop.”
Matt Koesters, News Reporter: “It’s a little of both. I think it’s fair to say that Verlander didn’t have his best stuff in the first game of the series, but otherwise, you’ve got to tip your cap to the Giants’ pitchers for keeping the Tigers from doing much at the plate. Pablo Sandoval’s huge Game 1 set the tone for the series.”
Michael Reschke, Copy Editor: “It’s hard to say, but I’m leaning toward the Tigers not showing up based on their play leading up to the World Series.”
Greg Mengelt, Sports Editor: “It’s clearly the Tigers folding. The Giants pitching staff was good, but it didn’t suddenly become the 1970 Orioles.”
Joseph Adams, Sports Correspondent: “I feel the Giants had the momentum and the Tigers’ couldn’t recover. After sweeping the Yankees the Tigers had to sit at home while the Giants and Cardinals ended up playing the full series. The Giants never got to rest which meant not only did their bats stay fresh, but their arms were loose. The Tigers pitchers had to sit more days then they are custom to and the break really hurt their chances.”
Will Clark, Sports Correspondent: “Pure Giants domination. The Giants were on a roll starting with their comeback in the NLDS against the Reds and kept the momentum on their side when they forced the Cards to 7 in the NLCS. The Tigers took care of a notably weaker Yankees team in four quick games and then played exhibition games against theur Triple-A prospects. Not really a good representation (no disrespect to the prospects) of a red-hot Giants squad.”