Justin Verlander has won seven straight starts, and he'll be on the mound on Wednesday night as the Detroit Tigers enter the World Series as betting favorites against the San Francisco Giants.
Righthander Verlander paid out on the MLB betting lines at the sportsbooks in each of his three playoff starts against the Athletics and Yankees, and he also won his last four outings of the regular season.
The Giants go with Barry Zito as their starter for Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, and San Francisco has managed to pay out on the baseball betting lines in each of Zito's last 13 starts dating back to August 7. [ See World Series props courtesy of Bovada ]
Zito tries to build on a 16-8 mark. In the other dugout, Verlander brings a 20-8 ledger to the game for the Tigers as he tries to quiet the Giants bats. Both were studs in the league championship series.
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, San Francisco sat as +130 underdogs but was bet up to +160 at . The total was set at 6.5 but had the number at 7 on Wednesday, making it the best UNDER betting line.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Giants at No. 1 in the National League and the Tigers at No. 2 in the American League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, San Francisco owns the No. 3 ranking for hits in the National League at 9.2 per game. By contrast, the Tigers are rated No. 4 in the same category at 9.1 per game.
San Francisco owns the National League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Detroit's American League No. 5-rated defense.
Last time out for San Francisco, they were a 9-0 winner as they battled the Cardinals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Giants at -131 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Giants didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out St. Louis 9-0 on Monday at AT&T Park.
Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing San Francisco are 5-5
After playing NY Yankees are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Tigers at Giants trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Detroit's last 7 games on the road
Detroit is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Detroit is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Francisco's last 7 games at home
San Francisco is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games at home
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
Detroit at San Francisco, Thursday, October 25