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Thursday, October 25, 2012

WORLD SERIES: Random notes, tidbits between Game 1 and 2

• The Tigers fell to 2-8-1 in World Series Game 1’s. Of the previous seven times they’d lost Game 1, they came back to win Game 2 six times — 1909, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1968 and 2006. (And, yes, the Tigers do have a rare tie in the World Series. The Cubs and Tigers were tied at 3-3 after 12 innings in the 1907 WS opener, when the game was called for darkness. The Cubs won the next four games.)

• Three of the four times the Tigers have won the World Series — 1935, 1945 and 1968 — they’ve lost Game 1. All three of those losses were by shutout.

• The winner of Game 1 of the World Series has gone on to win it all 66 times (61.7 percent). That’s held true eight of the last nine years, and 13 of the last 15. (The 2002 Giants and 2009 Phillies were the exceptions).

• Miguel Cabrera’s Game 1 single and walk allowed him to reach safely again, meaning he’s reached base safely at least once in each of his 21 career playoff games with the Tigers. That’s the longest such streak in franchise history, surpassing Hank Greenberg’s 18-game streak.

• Jhonny Peralta’s ninth-inning home run made him the fourth player in franchise history to homer in his first career World Series game, joining Greenberg (Game 1, 1934), Bruce Campbell (G1, 1940) and Mickey Lolich (G2, 1968).

• Through Game 1, Peralta and Austin Jackson both had collected 13 hits, four shy of Carlos Guillen’s club record for a single postseason. Delmon Young had 12, Cabrera and Omar Infante 11 each.

• From MLB Public Relations, 20 percent of all social media comments during Game 1 included the words “Pablo,” “Sandoval” or “Panda” according to Bluefin Labs.

• According to Sports Business Daily, Game 1 drew an 8.8 overnight rating, down eight percent from last year’s Game 1 of the World Series, and the second-lowest Series opener since the Tigers and Cardinals in 2006. Sports Business Journal’s Eric Fisher later tweeted that it finished up as the lowest-rated series opener ever. “First hour of last night’s WS game ratings tracked about even to last year then fell hard as #Giants built big lead,” he reported.


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