After a 162 regular season schedule and an eventful postseason, the Fall Classic officially begins tonight, October 24th between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
First pitch in this one is set for 8:07 PM ET from AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.
The Tigers have opted to go with reigning Cy Young Award winner and MVP Justin Verlander (3-0, 0.74 ERA) to start game one one the road in a hostile environment against the Giants. The Tigers are certainly making the right move, as Verlandaer has been nothing short of spectacular this entire postseason.
As a team, the Tigers have won 7 of their last 10 games played on the road, 6 straight playoff games when listed as the favorite, and 5 of their last 6 on a Wednesday. Additionally, the Tigers are 47-17 in their last 64 games when Verlander is on the bump toeing the rubber.
Meanwhile, the Giants are calling on a rejuvenated Barry Zito (1-0, 1.74) to keep the momentum going in front of their hometown fans. Zito has won six straight starts at home and 8 consecutive when listed as the underdog. He is also 7-0 in his last 7 starts versus a team above the .500 mark.
The Giants have also won 20 of their last 28 games when Zito is listed as their starter, and 7 of their last 10 playoff games overall. They have gone over the posted total in 8 of their last 11 games played at home when hosting an American League team.
After seeing some impressive numbers from both clubs, the Oddsmakers have sided with Verlander and the Detroit Tigers for this first game of the World Series – listing them as a -160 favorite. The over/under total has been posted at an expected and low 6/1/2 runs – laying -125 on the over.
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