Tigers vs. Giants Game 1 Free Pick
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (ATS Consultants) – This is the first game of the World Series. San Francisco is coming off one of the great comebacks of all time, beating St. Louis (9-0 in Game 7), after being down 3-1. The Tigers swept the Yankees in four games. Justin Verlander takes the mound for the Tigers, while Barry Zito takes the hill for the Giants. The opening pitch starts at 8:05pmET from AT&T Park in San Francisco.
ODDS: According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Tigers are -165 favorite over the Cardinals. The total is 7 in most books. The Tigers come in with a 95-76 record and are 70-91 Under, while the Giants are 101-73 overall and are 95-73 Over.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Tigers opened as a -144 favorite and moved to -165 in most books. The total started at 6.5 and moved to 7 in most books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers currently placed on tonight’s game, 71% of public bettors favor the Tigers. These numbers are subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the “Public Betting” link available in this paragraph to get the most up-to-date information.
MLB FREE PICK: Take Detroit. According to latest MLB trends, Detroit is 4-0 in their last 4 games as a favorite, 6-0 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite, 25-6 in their last 31 interleague games as a favorite of -151 to -200, 26-9 in their last 35 games as a road favorite of -151 to -200, 37-18 in their last 55 games following a win, are 44-10 in Verlander's last 54 starts as a favorite of -151 to -200 and are 21-6 in Verlander's last 27 interleague starts. Giants are 2-6 in their last 8 interleague games as a favorite of +151 to +200, 1-4 in their last 5 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5 and are 5-12 in Zito's last 17 interleague starts. 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. The roster includes reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander and 2012 Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera/ ALCS MVP Delmon Young will will play left field in Game 1 with no designated hitter in the NL park. Young batted .353 (6-for-17) with two home runs and six RBIs in the ALCS, recording the game-winning RBI in all four contests. 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. Amazingly, Zito, was kept off San Francisco's postseason roster during its run to the 2010 world championship.
2012 WORLD SERIES GAME 1 FREE PICK: DETROIT TIGERS –165