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World Series Game 1 betting preview: Tigers at Giants

Detroit Tigers at San Francisco Giants (+153, 7)

Series prices: Detroit -160, San Francisco +140

Neither the Cincinnati Reds nor the St. Louis Cardinals were able to put away the San Francisco Giants when they had the chance. The American League champion Detroit Tigers get their opportunity beginning Wednesday, when they take on the National League champion Giants in Game 1 of the World Series at AT&T Park.

San Francisco was on the verge of being swept by Cincinnati in the best-of-five NL Division Series before rallying to win the final three contests. St. Louis captured three of the first four games of the NL Championship Series before the Giants went on to become the 12th team in major league history - and fifth NL club - to overcome a 3-1 series deficit as they won the franchise's 22nd NL pennant. San Francisco's starting pitchers were outstanding during the comeback, allowing only one run in 20 1/3 innings over the final three NLCS games. The Giants, who are appearing in their 19th overall World Series, fifth since moving from New York to San Francisco and second in three years, will face a Tigers team that has been resting since completing a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in the ALCS on Thursday.

Detroit is making its 11th trip to the Fall Classic and first since 2006, when it lost to St. Louis. The Tigers have not won a championship since defeating the San Diego Padres in 1984. Manager Jim Leyland, whose roster includes reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, said ALCS MVP Delmon Young will play left field in Game 1 with no designated hitter in the NL park. Young, who appeared in left field in only 31 regular-season games, batted .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs and six RBIs in the ALCS, recording the game-winning RBI in all four contests.

San Francisco's Marco Scutaro was named the NLCS MVP as he went 14-for-28 (.500) after hitting only .150 (3-for-20) in the NLDS. Scutaro, who was acquired from the Colorado Rockies on July 26, tied the LCS record with his 14 hits while setting an LCS mark with six multi-hit performances.

TV: 8:07 p.m. ET, FOX

WEATHER: There is a 54 percent chance of rain Wednesday with temperatures in the high 50s. Winds are expected to blow west toward center field at 5 mph. The over is 10-4 with winds blowing less than 10 mph toward center field this season.

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Justin Verlander (3-0, 0.74 ERA) vs. Giants LH Barry Zito (1-0, 1.74)

Verlander is looking to remain perfect this postseason as he was dominant in his first three starts, allowing 10 hits and two runs over 24 1/3 innings with five walks and 25 strikeouts. The 29-year-old was less than impressive as a rookie in his first World Series, going 0-2 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts against St. Louis in 2006. Verlander's lone career outing against the Giants came on June 16, 2008, when he yielded three runs - two earned - and five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in a no-decision.

San Francisco will counter with veteran Barry Zito, who came up with a huge effort in Game 5 of the NLCS to keep the Giants' hopes alive. The left-hander tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against St. Louis, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out six and delivering an RBI bunt single. Zito, who was kept off San Francisco's postseason roster during its run to the 2010 world championship, is 8-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 16 career starts against the Tigers.

TRENDS:


* Tigers are 6-0 in their last six playoff games as favorites.
* Giants are 4-0 in their last four World Series home games.
* Under is 5-0 in Tigers' last five interleague games.
* Under is 8-2-1 in Giants' last 11 interleague home games.

WALK-OFFS:

1. On the three previous occasions when one LCS lasted seven games and the other ended in a sweep, the team that went the distance went on to win the World Series.

2. The Giants have won six world championships while the Tigers have captured four.

3. San Francisco outscored its opponents 36-9 while going 6-0 in elimination games and routed St. Louis 20-1 over the final three NLCS contests. The Giants posted the first Game Seven victory in franchise history Monday against the Cardinals.

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Posted by gelded
2 years ago

Giants NOT lost a Zito start since August 6th... And Pablo has faced Mr. Wonderful three times this year... 1 Triple and 2 Home Runs.....
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Posted by phpeters87
2 years ago

Where are all of the SF nay-Sayers now? In 2010 after the Giants won the WS, this forum was filled with posters claiming the Giants were a fluke and that they were lucky and that they wouldn't play in another WS for another 50+ years. I said with their young Pitching staff, they would be contenders for years as good pitching usually beats good hitting. Sure enough, fast-forward two years and the Giants not only come back from an 0-2 deficit on the road in the NLDS, but they also come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Cards in STL with Barry Zito pitching the pivotal Game 5. The Giants won 6 straight elimination games, then swept the mighty, unbeatable Tigers, including hanging a 5 spot on Justin Verlander in 4.0 innings in Game 1. (Just like they said the Giants wouldn't beat Cliff Lee in the 2010 WS - They beat him twice.) If Buster Posey doesn't break his ankle/leg early in 2011, they might have won it all then as well, but who knows. I do know that Posey will win the NL MVP in his first full season in the Majors and will only get better, as will many of the young players on offense such as Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, etc...and much of their pitching staff is young as well. This team has the best chemistry in baseball as well as the best fans and the best manager as well as heart and desire and they will contend and likely win another WS Championship in the next couple of three years. Count on it. And once Zito's huge contract is up after the 2013 season, they can go out and get a bat to hit behind Posey, who led the NL in BA and will likely be named NL MVP later this month. Get used to seeing the Orange and Black having more parades around and on Halloween.
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Posted by phpeters87
2 years ago

Where are all of the SF nay-Sayers now? In 2010 after the Giants won the WS, this forum was filled with posters claiming the Giants were a fluke and that they were lucky and that they wouldn't play in another WS for another 50+ years. I said with their young Pitching staff, they would be contenders for years as good pitching usually beats good hitting. Sure enough, fast-forward two years and the Giants not only come back from an 0-2 deficit on the road in the NLDS, but they also come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Cards in STL with Barry Zito pitching the pivotal Game 5. The Giants won 6 straight elimination games, then swept the mighty, unbeatable Tigers, including hanging a 5 spot on Justin Verlander in 4.0 innings in Game 1. (Just like they said the Giants wouldn't beat Cliff Lee in the 2010 WS - They beat him twice.) If Buster Posey doesn't break his ankle/leg early in 2011, they might have won it all then as well, but who knows. I do know that Posey will win the NL MVP in his first full season in the Majors and will only get better, as will many of the young players on offense such as Pablo Sandoval, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, etc...and much of their pitching staff is young as well. This team has the best chemistry in baseball as well as the best fans and the best manager as well as heart and desire and they will contend and likely win another WS Championship in the next couple of three years. Count on it. And once Zito's huge contract is up after the 2013 season, they can go out and get a bat to hit behind Posey, who led the NL in BA and will likely be named NL MVP later this month. Get used to seeing the Orange and Black having more parades around and on Halloween.
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Posted by larryv123
2 years ago

goin to be tough 4 tigers with the big layoff. thinking it works againest than for. lets go giants.
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Posted by codyhar
2 years ago

i agree!! gl
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Posted by Worm1996
2 years ago

The best pitcher in MLB leads the Tigers to a game 1 victory.......3-1. Verlander goes to 4-0 this postseason. Serious mismatch against Zito.
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Posted by VEGASPHIL
2 years ago

Totally agree with Giants and OVER
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Posted by lancefin
2 years ago

GIANTS AND OVER 6.5..........Verlander was up against the yanks when they just fell apart with cold bats and yanks pitching has always been subpar........even sabathia was showin signs of crumbling in prior games. I know verlanders the real deal.......but frisco is the kinda team that can knockem out early. gl 2 all
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Posted by lancefin
2 years ago

"GIANTS AND OVER 6.5..........Verlander was up against the yanks when they just fell apart with cold bats and yanks pitching has always been subpar........even sabathia was showin signs of crumbling in prior games. I know verlanders the real deal........"