Oddsmakers had predicted a low-scoring game between Texas and San Francisco and set the over-under at a flat 5.5 for the World Series opener.
It was anything but low-scoring, something we predicted in our blog at Fox Sports yesterday, as the teams combined for 18 runs. Most books have raised the over-under to 7 for tonight’s Game 2 World Series odds.
The UNDER has prevailed in 10 of 15 meetings between the two teams, and it paid out two of three times last season.
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With changes on the mound, sportsbooks see the tide turning – setting the Giants as a -122 favorite for the game. Texas will take to the diamond as a +112 underdog, and hopes to get this series even before going home. Game 2 Matchup Report
San Francisco beat the previously-undefeated Cliff Lee as underdogs in Game 1. Freddy Sanchez had four hits and drove in three runs, while Juan Uribe cranked a three-run homer off Lee. Lee was gone before the fifth inning - after giving up eight hits and seven runs.
Matt Cain knows all about the pressure he’s faced with in Game 2 on Thursday, as the Giants look to take a 2-0 lead over the Rangers in the best-of-seven World Series. He is 1-0 in the playoffs - and has not surrendered an earned run in two appearances. Opposing hitters are batting just .170 against him, and he has 11 strikeouts.
Cain held Texas to three hits and one run over eight innings in his only appearance against them. Could this be opportunity knocking for UNDER bettors?
C.J. Wilson will go to the hill for the Rangers at AT&T Park. Wilson last won in the postseason against the Rays in the ALDS, when he tossed 6 1-3 scoreless innings. He lost once and had a no-decision in the LCS, giving up eight earned runs over 12 innings. Wilson has been lit up on the road during October, but was stellar away from home during the regular season.
It’s time for Wilson to get command of his fastball and get back to the form he displayed in his first two postseason starts. If Wilson can’t rebound, it could be lights out before Texas even returns home for Games 3, 4, and 5 in Arlington.
If you like underdogs, then consider the Rangers are a pitiful 0-10 at AT&T Park, and 0-12 overall in San Francisco. To bet on Texas would also mean going against the norm, with 11 of the last 13 teams who took Game 1 going on to claim the World Series.