here's no official word yet on the Giants' rotation for the World Series, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Barry Zito is likely to get the call for Game 1 against the Tigers. He'd face Justin Verlander in a matchup of former Cy Young winners (which sounds perfectly normal except for the part about Zito winning his in 2002). That represents a helluva turnaround for a guy who was left off the postseason roster during the Giants' run to the World Series in 2010, but Zito came up huge with 7.2 shutout innings in Game 5 of the NLCS and according to Baggarly "word around the team is that Zito deserves the honor." Zito struggled against right-handed hitters all season, allowing them to bat .281 with an .823 OPS (compared to .209 with a .559 OPS versus lefties), so matching up with a Detroit lineup that includes righties Miguel Cabrera, Austin Jackson, Delmon Young, Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante, and Avisail Garcia isn't ideal. Of course, the same was even more true of a Cardinals lineup filled with good right-handed bats and Zito shut them down.
Barry Zito will start Game 1 for Giants
Hardball Talk | Oct 23