Detroit Tigers at San Francisco Giants (+138, 7)
Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander
San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito
Justin Verlander is peaking at exactly the right time. He is pitching with an incredible amount of confidence, and for good reason. The Giants, even if they get another surprisingly strong start from Barry Zito, will be in tough to score runs off of Verlander.
Zito may have a chip on his shoulder after being left off of San Francisco’s postseason roster back in 2010 when they captured the World Series. San Francisco outscored the Cardinals 20-1 during the final three games of the NLCS – and believe they will be able to get a few on the board against Verlander.
Will the long layoff affect the Tigers? If they struggle, you can bet people will point to rust. If they succeed, it will be another four letter word that begins with an r – rest. Either way, some time off at this point in the season can’t be seen as a bad thing. And apparently Jose Valverde has used the time to fix some slight flaws in his delivery. If Valverde costs the Tigers at all, look for them to stick with Phil Coke as their closer for the rest of the World Series.
The Giants are serious underdogs, but they have the advantage in terms of speed and defense, especially with Detroit having to shift Delmon Young to the outfield from the DH spot in the games played at AT&T Park in San Francisco (like tonight).
The Giants have won their last four home playoff games, but they haven’t had to face Verlander in any of those games.