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Miguel Cabrera's two-run HR in Game 4
In many ways it was a sad, fitting ending to the Tigers 2012 post season dreams. 

Omar Infante grabbed his left hand in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the World Series and realized it wasn't good.  Infante immediately exited the game after he was hit by a Santiago Casilla pitch. 

His hand was broken and eventually, so were the Tigers chances to make history.

No team had ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a World Series, and the streak would remain intact.

The Tigers lost to the Giants 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday night, drawing the curtain on an exhilarating and ultimately disappointing 2012 season.  While the Tigers needed a late September rally to qualify for the post season, a four game sweep of the Yankees vaulted the Bengals into the role of favorite in the World Series.

The Tigers starters were up to the task and with any offensive support, it may have been Detroit looking to close out the series on Sunday instead of Giants.

Yet, for all of the power the Tigers boast in the  middle of the batting order, the Giants offered a view of the benefits of a more flexible offense.  Time and time again in the post season, the Giants had a strong ability to create runs.  They scored the winning run in Game 4 with a single, sacrifice and two out hit.

As the off season settles in, and the sting of a World Series defeat subsides, the Tigers will have some decisions to make regarding next year's club.  Will they attempt to re-sign Anibal Sanchez?  Who will close in 2013?  Do they pick up Jhonny Peralta's option?

They do know that Victor Martinez should have a clean bill of health and will help form a killer 3-4-5 in the line up next year with Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera.  While that trio will terrorize opposing pitching, there is not much speed in the middle of the order and they may need to inject some at other spots in the lineup.

The starting rotation should once again be a strength of the 2013 group, especially with the emergence of Drew Smyly and Max Scherzer taking the next step. 

There is plenty to be excited about for 2013, and as always the coming winter will be an interesting one as the Tigers continue to build for the ultimate prize.  A prize that eluded them in 2006 and 2012.

 


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Kyle
10/29/2012 12:53

What about Delmon? Do we keep him even though the liability in the outfield? Gotta imagine Berry won't make it again. Add in Dirks, Worth?, Santiago?, Garcia?... bench is looking pretty slim. Maybe Castellanos?

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Steve
10/29/2012 12:56

Thanks for the post Mario. We'll miss you and Rod over the winter ahead.

Can't wait for Spring Training! All the best till then,

A saddened (for now) Tigers fan.

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Ellen Wigginton
10/29/2012 14:12

It was a great run and I'd much rather have a team playing in the World Series the way we played than to not have a team in the Series at all. Spring Training will be here sooner than we think!

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