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Tigers vs Giants MLB 2012 World Series Odds and Prediction

Detroit Tigers: Rested and ready for the MLB World Series

It’s been seven days since Detroit got out the brooms and swept away the New York Yankees to win the 2012 ALCS. Historically, a long layoff between series has not been a good thing. To stay in “game mode” the Tigers have been scrimmaging against their fall instructional league team that they flew up to Detroit from Lakeland, Florida. It’s a sharp move after the Tigers were as tight as a rusted bolt when they lost the 2006 World Series 4-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals. We liked the Tigers way back in March and we like them in October as well.

San Francisco Giants: Comeback Kids win six straight elimination games

Historic comebacks or epic collapses? Call it what you like but the San Francisco Giants are full marks for making it to the 2012 MLB Fall Classic. After falling behind 2-0 to the Cincinnati Reds (two home loses by a combined 14-2 count) the Giants reeled off three straight road victories to derail the Big Red Machine. Six days ago the Giants were down 3-1 against the Cardinals and again went on three game marathon to catch and cage the Red Birds. The clock is about to hit midnight for the feitsy Bay Area Comeback Kids.

2012 MLB All-Star Game NL victory gives Giants home field advantage

Home field advantage for the World Series goes to the Giants thanks to the National League crushing the American League 8-0 in the 2012 MLB All-Star Classic – that was anything but a classic. Tigers WS Game 1 starter Justin Verlander gave up five runs in the first inning, while Giants ace, and WS Game 4 starter, Matt Cain piched two innings of one-hit ball to earn the win for the Senior Circuit. The win was tainted somewhat when Giants OF and All-Star Game MVP Melky Cabrera was suspended for illegal drug use in August.

Leaving the Milk Man off their postseason roster was a classy move by the Giants but it was also their only option. MLB should have made a statement by taking the World Series home field advantage away from the the National League. However, that’s a mute point and it’s like water streaming under the Bay Bridge now.

Online Sports Betting 2012 MLB World Series Notes, Odds, and Prediction

These two teams stack up fairly even as is shown in the numbers below. Detroit has an advantage with their pitching rotation (the Vaporizer is in line for Game 1 and 5 starts) and a slight edge in hitting. Detroit’s layoff and their bullpen, along with pitchers having to bat in road games, plus the Giants being on a magical run, are all handicapping concerns for us. The highly rated online sportsbook at Topbet.com has the Tigers at -175 and the Giants at +150 to win the World Series. Detroit is four wins from a franchise fifth WS Title – in eleven tries.

This bandwagon we’re on has taken us too far to get off now. Miguel Cabrera winning the Triple Crown, the AL MVP, and the WS MVP awards, all in one season, would be a nice story. Orioles Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson (1966) is the only player in MLB history to accomplish that amazing feat. Miggy will have to settle for two out of three as Verlander will win two games to earn the MVP honor. We are going to back the Motor City Cats to be crowned as Champions of the 108th MLB World Series at -175 with the TopBet ML!

San Francisco Giants vs. Detroit Tigers: By the Numbers Post All-Star Break

Giants Team Batting (3rd): 52 HR / 380 runs scored / .278 AVG / .338 OBP / 522 strikeouts
Tigers Team Batting (7th): 81 HR / 339 runs scored / .267 AVG / .337 OBP / 516 strikeouts
Giants Team Pitching (12th): 285 earned runs = 3.73 ERA / 69 HR / 596 strikeouts / 228 BB
Tigers Team Pitching (8th): 261 earned runs = 3.50 ERA / 65 HR / 603 strikeouts / 198 BB

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