The Detroit Tigers, at 88-74, had the fewest wins of any division champion in 2012. They were tied with the National League Wild Card St. Louis Cardinals for the fewest wins of any playoff team period. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants were 94-68.
In 2012 the Tigers’ run differential on the season was +56, 13 runs fewer than that of the Giants.
Yet a stunning 23 of 28 ESPN “experts” picked Detroit to win the World Series, many of them in six games or less. Several based their picks on the Tigers’ “dominant starting pitching.”
Eight of 11 MLB.com pundits chose the Tigers.
At FOX Sports, Ken Rosenthal also picked the Tigers. Continue reading