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Detroit Tigers at San Francisco Giants Game 1: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

Game 1 of the World Series takes place on Wednesday night and we will see the Detroit Tigers travel to the west coast to take on the San Francisco Giants. The game is scheduled for an 8:00 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on FOX. Currently the ODDS have Detroit favored at -162, while San Francisco is dogs of +152. The total for the game sits at 7 runs. Find out what the Public is taking by clicking HERE.

Free Analysis: Detroit is making its 11th trip to the Fall Classic and first since 2006, when it lost to St. Louis. The Tigers have not won a championship since defeating the San Diego Padres in 1984. Offensively, the Tigers are paced by maybe the best 1-2 punch in the league in the middle of the lineup in Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and slugging first baseman Prince Fielder. With a batting average of .330 along with 44 home runs and 139 RBI, Miguel Cabrera led the American League in all three categories and finished tops in both leagues in homers and RBI. It's the 14th time in major league history that a player has accomplished the feat. After only driving in one run and batting .250 against the A's, Cabrera got himself righted a bit in the ALCS, as he hit .313 with four RBI. Cabrera isn't the only masher in the Tigers' lineup. He moved over to third base this year to accommodate Fielder, a free agent addition who enjoyed his first year in Motown by hitting .313 with 30 home runs and 108 RBI. Verlander (20-8, 2.47 ERA, 1.02 WHIP in 2012) has not been as dominant on the road, where he has a 3.32 ERA and 1.12 WHIP, carrying a pedestrian 9-6 record (team is 10-9). He has faced San Francisco just once in his career, an 8-6 loss in 2008 in which he allowed three runs (2 ER) in six innings with 7 K's and one walk. As good as Verlander was all season long, he has been even better this postseason He has thrown 24.1 innings over three 2012 playoff starts (all wins), giving up just two runs and 10 hits with 25 strikeouts for a 0.74 ERA and 0.62 WHIP, but he is just 6-5 with a 3.38ERA on 6 days rest in his career.

San Francisco was on the verge of being swept by Cincinnati in the best-of-five NL Division Series before rallying to win the final three contests. St. Louis captured three of the first four games of the NL Championship Series before the Giants went on to become the 12th team in major league history - and fifth NL club - to overcome a 3-1 series deficit as they won the franchise's 22nd NL pennant. The Giants offense was paced in the regular season by MVP candidate Buster Posey, who was the NL's leading hitter at .336 with 24 home runs and 103 RBI during the regular season. However, he is hitting just .178 with six RBI in the playoffs. Pence was acquired near the trade deadline to help the Giants' woeful lineup, but has struggled mightily this postseason, batting a mere .188. With those two struggling, the Giants got a huge contribution from Scutaro, who was 3-for-4 in Game 7 and batted .500 (14-for-28) with six runs scored and four RBI vs the Cards. In his career, Barry Zito is 8-7 (team 9-8) against the Tigers with a 3.24 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. He has faced them just once in the past four seasons though, throwing six shutout frames in a 15-3 win in July 2011. Zito was inconsistent during the regular season in 2012, compiling a 4.15 ERA and 1.39 WHIP, numbers that were slightly better at home (4.00 ERA) than on the road (4.34 ERA). But he capped off the regular season by winning his final five starts, posting a 2.35 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Zito has been a giant disappointment with his hefty contract in the eyes of San Francisco fans, he has earned his paycheck down the stretch, leading his team to 13 straight wins, including a stellar 1.74 ERA this postseason. 

Free Pick: I will go with the Under in this one. Verlander is in dominant form, allowing just 4 total ER's in his last 6 starts, while in the post season he has a n 0.74 ERA and an 0.62 WHIP. Justin may also have a little incentive in this one as it is his fault (bad start in All-Star game) that the Giants have the home field advantage in this series. He knows a big outing here and Detroit could grab the home field advantage back. For Barry Zito he has had a very nice end to the year , allowing 2 ER's or less in 6 of his last 7 starts, while posting a 1.74 ERA in the post season. Game 1 and both offenses could be a bit tight, plus a NL park so no DH for this one. Look for the pitchers to dominate tonight. 

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