SAN FRANCISCO -- A National League club in existence since 1883 and an American League club that first opened its doors in 1901. They've never met in the World Series.Evidently, they were due. But how they got here is a study in contrasts. The Giants essentially ran away with the NL West but had to fight through a seven-game League Championship Series to reach the Fall Classic. The Tigers needed a late-September surge to capture the AL Central, but their four-game sweep of the Yankees in the LCS round was as convincing an outcome as you'll see on this postseason stage. So now we have an object in motion vs. an object at rest. When the World Series begins at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday on FOX in San Francisco, the Giants will be riding high off another incredible effort in elimination games, while the Tigers will be coming off a couple scrimmages against Minor Leaguers.
A sweep and seven
|Year||ALCS winner||NLCS winner||World Series winner|
|2012||Tigers 4, Yankees 0||Giants 4, Cardinals 3||TBD|
|2007||Red Sox 4, Indians 3||Rockies 4, D-backs 0||Red Sox|
|2006||Tigers 4, A's 0||Cardinals 4, Mets 3||Cardinals|
|1988||A's 4, Red Sox 0||Dodgers 4, Mets 3||Dodgers|