Commentary

Who'll win the World Series?

Updated: October 23, 2012, 3:49 PM ET
By Dick Vitale

Justin VerlanderLeon Halip/Getty ImagesJustin Verlander and the Tigers are back in the World Series for the first time since 2006.

I am a baseball fan, a Tampa Bay Rays season ticket holder who appreciates the game. It has been a long road to this point, and I am looking forward to the World Series.

When the Cardinals were way ahead of the Giants, it looked like a Detroit-St. Louis showdown, which we have seen in the past. San Francisco, led by manager Bruce Bochy, had a never-say-die attitude and staged a great comeback to eliminate the Cardinals. Game seven was not close, which was a bit disappointing. It was blowout city as Matt Cain and company were too good.

Now we are set with the Giants vs.Tigers. This should be an intriguing matchup. You have two guys who have won it before, Jim Leyland vs. Bruce Bochy. It will be like a chess match between the two strategists. Who will win the 2012 World Series?

Both teams have deep starting staffs. We saw what the Tigers did in shutting down the Yankee bats. The Giants were dominant in the final three games of the NLCS.

San Francisco has a steady, deep bullpen, and that could be an advantage in the World Series.

Detroit has plenty of power. Delmon Young was hot in the ALCS and was a surprise MVP in that series.

The VBDI (Vitale bald dome index) says too much Detroit has too much with Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander. I am picking the Tigers to win in 6 baby ... there will be joy in Motown!

Enjoy the World Series!

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.