2012 World Series betting action begins on Wednesday night at AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants will look to continue their magical run against the red hot Detroit Tigers.
The Tigers haven’t played a game since last Thursday when they busted out the brooms against the New York Yankees, and the hope is there that rust doesn’t become an issue for the club. The best news is that all of this rest has given the time to Justin Verlander to get ready for this one, and that is some of the best news that any team could have at the moment. Verlander has just been flat out awesome over the course of the playoffs. He allowed just one run in seven frames in a win against the Oakland A’s in the first game of the postseason, and he fired back with a complete game shutout against them on the road in Game 5 of that series as well. He one start against the Yankees, Verlander threw 132 pitches, completed 8.1 innings of work, and allowed just one run on three hits. The righty has now won each of his last seven starts, and there is no pitcher in baseball that is doing more right now than him.
Verlander might be great, but he is going to be going against a team that is full of moxie and has overcome some bad situations. Not only did the Giants lose the first two games at home against the Cincinnati Reds to reach the second round of the playoffs, but they were essentially in the exact same hole a second time when they fell behind 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS. The man that helped turn it all around was Barry Zito, who is going to get the ball on Wednesday night. Zito threw 7.2 scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing just six hits and a walk in what was arguably the most important start of his career. Now, he is going to be asked to do it again versus a significantly better lineup in a significantly tougher spot, but at least he has the hometown advantage on his side.
Still, how could we possibly go against Verlander? It isn’t a mistake to think that he has won seven starts in row, and we wouldn’t put it past him to throw Games 1, 4, and 7 in this series if need be and throw 130 pitches in all of those games. There is no tomorrow, and there probably isn’t a pitcher that we would rather have on the mound for Game 1 of the World Series than the man that is getting the ball on Wednesday. Detroit 2 – San Francisco 0