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World Series Betting Preview: Tigers Favored Over Giants

The Detroit Tigers were one of the preseason favorites to win the World Series this year. After Victor Martinez went down to injury the odds changed for the worst, but quickly turned around again after Detroit swooped in and signed free agent Prince Fielder.

Now, after a rocky season that saw their manager, Jim Leyland, hear rumors of job security issues, the Tigers have come out of the American League and are the betting favorites to win the World Series over the San Francisco Giants.

Odds makers have the series price at Tigers -180. The Giants are +160. San Francisco comes into the game as hot as the Tigers, having won the final three games of their series with St. Louis in dominating fashion after trailing 3-1. The Giants will have the home field advantage in the series that begins tonight in California.

Many analysts and baseball fans believe Detroit not only has the best pitcher in the league in defending MVP Justin Verlander, but also the best hitter in Miguel Cabrera. All Cabrera did this season was win the first triple crown in 60 years. Cabrera has a shot at becoming the second MVP from the Tigers in the past two seasons.

Verlander has not been the only Tigers pitcher who has been lights out this Fall. Max Scherzer, Doug Fister, and Anibel Sanchez have nearly matched Verlander, and the team has a starting ERA of just over one.

The Giants came into the postseason with the reputation of not scoring a lot of runs. The team has dismantled that reputation by running up the score against the Cardinals in the final three games of the NLCS. San Francisco also offers three aces of their own, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, and Justin Vogelsong. Throw in two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum, and the Giants can match the Tigers pitch for pitch.

Verlander will match up with Barry Zito in game one tonight. The Tigers are -166 to win the opener on the road, and the Giants return odds of +156. The total for the game is 6.5.

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