2012 World Series: Record against common opponents give Giants the edge

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Looking for another reason why the San Francisco Giants could soon be celebrating their second World Series title in the last three years? Try common opponents from this past season.

The Giants and Detroit Tigers each faced nine common opponents this past season. Here’s a quick rundown of how each of the two World Series participants did against these common opponents during the 2012 regular season.

Chicago Cubs: The Tigers took two of three from the Cubs, while the Giants faced the Cubs seven times, winning six of those games.

Cincinnati Reds: The Tigers won two out of three from Cincinnati; the Giants played the Reds seven times, winning only three of those games.

Colorado Rockies: Detroit won two of three from the Rockies. As a division foe, the Giants faced the Rockies 18 times. They won 14 of those games.

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Tigers and Pirates faced each other six times with each team winning three games. Ironically, the Giants and Pirates also played six times, with each team winning three games.

St. Louis Cardinals: Detroit played a three-game series against the Cards, winning two out of three. The Giants and Cardinals squared off six times in the regular season with each team winning three games.

Los Angeles Angels: Detroit played 10 games against the Angels and won five and lost five. The Giants were 1-2 against the Angels.

Oakland A’s: The Tigers won four of the seven games in their season series versus the A’s. The Giants faced their Bay Area neighbors six times in 2012 and won four of those games.

Seattle Mariners: Detroit lost five of six from the Mariners, while the Giants also were on the losing end of a series against the Mariners. Seattle took two of three from the Giants.

Texas Rangers: Detroit tangled with the Rangers in 10 games, with the Tigers winning only three of those contests. The Rangers also took two of three from the Giants.

If you add up the wins and losses for both the Tigers and Giants against the common opponents, we have Detroit with a 24-27 record (.471 winning percentage) and the Giants with a record of 36 wins and 23 losses (a .610 winning percentage).

Note: The 14-4 record against the Rockies helped the Giants in this analysis, but if you take those games out of the equation, the Giants still end up 22-19 against the other common foes, a .537 winning percentage.

One final note: If either team is looking for some inside information on how to beat their opponent in this year’s World Series, there may be a phone call or two made out to Seattle to see how the Mariners were able to take seven of nine games from those two teams.

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