The San Francisco Giants will be looking for a 2-0 World Series lead on Thursday night, but they'll be sending a struggling starter to the mound at home against the Detroit Tigers.
Lefthander Madison Bumgarner gets the ball for the Giants in Game 2 on Thursday, after San Francisco beat Detroit 8-3 in Game 1 on Wednesday night. Bumgarner has been knocked around for 10 runs in just eight innings of work over his two playoff starts.
Doug Fister counters on Thursday for the Tigers, who opened as favorites on the baseball betting lines for the contest. Righthander Fister has a tiny 1.35 ERA through his first two starts of the postseason.
San Francisco opened as +113 moneyline underdogs in this baseball match at GTbets, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7 at GTbets.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 1-ranked Giants and the American League No. 2-rated Tigers in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features San Francisco's National League No. 6-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Tigers offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.5 runs per game in the league. The Giants have averaged 9.2 hits per game to date this season, more than the Tigers hitters have managed (9.1 per nine innings).
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.
The Tigers were an 8-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Giants. That made winners of bettors who got San Francisco at +158 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Detroit didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-3 to San Francisco on Wednesday at AT&T Park.
Detroit Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing San Francisco are 6-4
After playing San Francisco are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
San Francisco Giants Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-8
Before playing Detroit are 6-4
After playing Detroit are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
A few Tigers at Giants trends to consider:
Detroit is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 9 games when playing San Francisco
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 6 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
Detroit is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against San Francisco
The total has gone OVER in 7 of San Francisco's last 8 games at home
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
San Francisco is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Francisco is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Detroit
Detroit home to San Francisco, Saturday, October 27