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World Series Game 1 Betting News and Notes

World Series Game 1 Betting News and Notes

DETROIT (95 - 76) at SAN FRANCISCO (101 - 73) - 8:05 PM


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Head-to-Head Series History
There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

VERLANDER is 0-0 when starting against SAN FRANCISCO with an ERA of 3.00 and a WHIP of 1.000.
His team's record is 0-1 (-1.0 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 0-1. (-1.1 units)

BARRY ZITO vs. DETROIT since 1997
ZITO is 8-7 when starting against DETROIT with an ERA of 3.24 and a WHIP of 1.268.
His team's record is 9-8 (-5.3 units) in these starts. The UNDER is 9-7. (+1.3 units)

Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Detroit is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
San Francisco is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Francisco's last 9 games

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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.

WEATHER: There is a 54 percent chance of rain Wednesday with temperatures in the high 50s. Winds are expected to blow WSW at 5 mph.

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.


* 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.


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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World Series Tips
By Kevin Rogers

The Tigers and Giants begin the World Series on Wednesday night in San Francisco as the NL champions look to keep up their comeback story after rallying to win six consecutive elimination games. Detroit has been resting comfortably since sweeping New York in the ALCS last Thursday, while winning all four home games in the postseason. We'll take a look at the Fall Classic and what can help you win in this series.

Tigers vs. LHP (29-25)
Giants vs. LHP (40-19)

The problem with indicating San Francisco's prowess against southpaws this season is the fact the Giants haven't faced a left-handed starter since the regular season finale against the Dodgers. The Giants will not face a lefty starter in the World Series since the Tigers throw out all right-handers in their rotation. However, Detroit owned a miserable 9-16 record away from Comerica Park against left-handers, as Barry Zito takes the mound in the series opener. The former Cy Young Award winner is on fire with the Giants winning each of his last 13 starts overall, including the last six at home.

Tigers vs. RHP (66-49)
Giants vs. RHP (61-54)

This number will be more telling for Bruce Bochy's club, who finished the season at 33-26 against right-handed starters at AT&T Park. Justin Verlander gets the start in Game 1, as the Tigers have won each of his previous seven outings. The reigning MVP and Cy Young Award winner has dominated in Interleague action, posting a 16-4 record the last 20 starts against National League opponents, including nine consecutive victories. The Tigers put together a 32-20 mark at home against right-handed starters, as Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong will likely get the nod in two of three middle games in Detroit.

Tigers 4-9 on West Coast

Detroit had it struggles playing in the Pacific Time Zone, dropping nine of 13 contests. Two of those defeats came in the ALDS at Oakland, as the Tigers are making their first trip to San Francisco since 2008. The Tigers took two of three in that series, but Verlander lost the opener to Tim Lincecum and the Giants, 8-6. Zito dropped the finale of that series, as the left-hander rebounded in 2011 by beating the Tigers at Comerica Park as $1.80 road underdog, 15-3.

Days of the Week

Take it for what it's worth, but the Giants played below .500 baseball on Wednesdays (12-15) and Sundays (13-15) this season. On the flip side, the Tigers played their best ball on Thursdays (14-8), Saturdays (18-11), and Sundays (20-9). Game 2 takes place on Thursday in San Francisco, while Game 3 is Saturday in Detroit and Game 4 comes up on Sunday.

Starting Rotations

Past Verlander and Zito in the series opener, there are other starting pitchers to consider. Doug Fister is set to start Game 2 for Detroit, as the Tigers own a 5-3 record in his last eight road outings following an 0-6 run to begin the season on the highway. Madison Bumgarner has struggled down the stretch for the Giants, as San Francisco won just three of his final nine starts. The 'over' is a strong 6-1 in Bumgarner's previous seven outings, while the Giants are 3-1 his last four starts against American League opponents. Vogelsong is 5-1 in his last six trips to the mound, while Max Scherzer was on the wrong side of that 15-3 rout to Zito and the Giants last season at home.

Interleague Play

The Tigers won 11 of their 18 games against National League competition this season, even though Detroit faced Colorado, Pittsburgh, and Chicago in 12 of those contests. Detroit cashed the 'under' in seven of nine Interleague contests at Comerica Park, which including several low-scoring games against the NL runner-up in St. Louis. San Francisco put together a pedestrian 7-8 record against their counterparts from the American League, but the Giants did face the Athletics six times and three matchups each with the Rangers and Angels.

The Tigers are listed as $1.70 favorites to win the World Series, while the Giants are set at a nice price of $1.50 (Bet $1.00 to win $1.50) to take home their second title in three years.

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World Series Game 1

Verlander is 7-0, 0.86 in his last seven starts, 3-0, 0.74 in three playoff starts; he was 4-0, 3.08 in five interleague starts this year. Giants won Zito's last 13 starts; he is 6-0, 2.20 in his last seven starts, was 1-1, 6.35 in two interleague starts. Tigers haven't played in six days; they're 15-4 in last 19 games, 7-2 in playoffs, 3-2 on road. Giants were down 2-0/3-1 in first two series; they are 7-5 in playoffs, 3-3 at home. Remember, no DH in games played in NL parks. Not sure if Tigers will play Young in LF in games here, since no DH. Under is 8-3-2 in last 13 Detroit games, 3-8-1 in last dozen Giant games.

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