Vogelsong looks to stay ahead vs Tigers

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Ryan Vogelsong takes the mound for Game 3 of the World Series. He'll be opposed by Anibal Sanchez.The World Series moves to Detroit for Game 3, where the San Francisco Giants will send Ryan Vogelsong to the mound and the Detroit Tigers counter with Anibal Sanchez. Both pitchers are making their first career World Series start.

Vogelsong has a streak of three consecutive starts allowing one earned run or fewer, tied for the most in a single postseason in Giants history.

Opposing hitters are 2-for-34 against him in the postseason in at-bats ending in pitchers’ counts (0-1, 0-2, 1-2 and 2-2), and 3-for-36 in at-bats ending with two strikes.

Vogelsong’s Fastball Since August

If Vogelsong falls behind or gets to a three-ball count, Tigers hitters should look for his fastball. Vogelsong has thrown 23 pitches in three-ball counts and 10 in 2-0 counts this postseason -- and all of them have been fastballs. He’s thrown just 10 offspeed pitches in hitters’ counts (1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 3-0 and 3-1) in his three starts.

Vogelsong struggled with his fastball for most of the second half of the season, but it has been extremely effective for him down the stretch and into the postseason.

Tale of Two Starts

Anibal Sanchez

SanchezSanchez faced the Giants twice this season before being traded to Detroit, with drastically different results. He allowed one earned run in seven innings, striking out seven on May 3. Three weeks later, he allowed five earned runs and didn’t get out of the sixth inning.

The major difference between the two outings was the effectiveness of his offspeed pitches. The Giants were 1-for-9 against offspeed pitches in his first start, and 5-for-12 against them in his second start.

Stats to Watch

• Of the 50 teams to take a 2-0 series lead in a best-of-seven format, 40 of them (80 percent) went on to win the World Series.

• The past eight teams to take a 2-0 lead in the World Series went on to win, including the Giants two years ago.

• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants are the 37th team in World Series history to win the first two games at home in a best-of-seven format. More than 80 percent (29 of the previous 36) of those teams have gone on to win the World Series, including each of the last 13 teams to take such a lead. The 1981 Yankees are the last team to lose after winning the first two at home.

• The Giants have won five straight postseason games, the longest postseason win streak in franchise history (outscored opponents 30-4).

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• The Tigers trail a postseason series 2-0 for sixth time -- they lost the previous five such series.

Pablo Sandoval has an eight-game postseason hit streak and has 21 hits this postseason. That’s one shy of J.T. Show's single-postseason franchise record of 22 set in 2002.