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2012 World Series Props

Tigers-Giants World Series Props At Bovada

That the San Francisco Giants turned out to be the Detroit Tigers' opponents in the 2012 World Series was a huge win for bettors at Bovada.

Entering the League Championship Series round, the Giants were even-money to win the National League pennant, and the book was more exposed there than on any of the other three teams. The best result for the book on the World Series exact matchup prop would have been Yankees vs. Giants at 2/1. The book was most exposed on Tigers-Giants at 11/4, followed by Tigers-Cardinals at 13/4.

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Detroit enters the Fall Classic, which begins Wednesday night at AT&T Park, as the -180 series favorite with the Giants at +160. Of course San Francisco won the World Series in 2010, beating the Texas Rangers in five games for the franchise's first title since moving to California. Detroit hasn't won a World Series since 1984. The Tigers did make it back in 2006 but lost to St. Louis in five games.

The Tigers and Giants haven't met since interleague play in July 2011. San Francisco won two of three games at Comerica Park in that series. Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who won the Cy Young and AL MVP last season, didn't pitch vs. the Giants.

Verlander is set up to start Games 1 and 5 for the Tigers and no doubt would be used in relief if there is a Game 7. He has faced the Giants only once in his career, allowing three runs and five hits while striking out seven in a June 16, 2008, start. How far has Verlander come since then? Consider he was 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA in that '08 season. It was easily the worst year of Verlander's career; he hasn't even lost 17 games combined the past two seasons. Detroit opened as a -175 favorite for Game 1 with the total at 7. The Giants start lefty Barry Zito.

Verlander isn't the World Series MVP favorite at 8/1, although he is taking heavy early action. The 5/1 favorite is Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, the AL Triple Crown winner this season and likely league MVP. Cabrera has slowed down a bit in these playoffs, batting .278 with one homer and five RBIs. It should be noted that no player who went on to win the AL MVP award has also won a World Series in the same year since Tigers closer Willie Hernandez in 1984.

The World Series MVP favorite on the Giants is catcher Buster Posey, the 2012 NL batting champ and likely MVP in that league. He is 13/2. Posey was 6-for-20 with a home run and two RBIs in the 2010 WS vs. Texas (former Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria was MVP of that series). No player who won the NL MVP award has won a World Series in the same season since the Dodgers' Kirk Gibson in 1988. No catcher has been named World Series MVP since Toronto's Pat Borders in 1992.

The longest shot on the World Series MVP odds are Detroit's Andy Dirks and San Francisco's Gregor Blanco at 25/1.

The favored series result is Detroit winning in five games at 7/2 - the middle three games of the World Series are at Comerica Park. Tigers in six games is a close second at 4/1. San Francisco's shortest odds are winning the series in seven games at 9/2. The longest shot on the board is Giants with a sweep at 18/1.

The favored number of games in the World Series is both six and seven at +200, with five at +240 and four at +600. The last World Series sweep was Boston over Colorado in 2007. The over/under of series games at 5.5 has the over as a -165 favorite and the under at +135. At over/under 4.5 games, the over is -1000 and the under +600.

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Series Price
Detroit Tigers (Series Prices) -175
San Francisco Giants (Series Prices) +155

Game 1 Lines Runline Moneyline Totals
Detroit Tigers -1.5 (-105) -170 O 7.0 (+110)
San Francisco Giants 1.5 (-115) +155 U 7.0 (-130)

World Series MVP
Miguel Cabrera (DET) 5/1
Buster Posey (SF) 13/2
Justin Verlander (DET) 8/1
Prince Fielder (DET) 8/1
Delmon Young (DET) 12/1
Hunter Pence (SF) 12/1
Marco Scutaro (SF) 12/1
Pablo Sandoval (SF) 12/1
Angel Pagan (SF) 14/1
Austin Jackson (DET) 14/1
Alex Avila (DET) 20/1
Avisail Garcia (DET) 20/1
Brandon Belt (SF) 20/1
Brandon Crawford (SF) 20/1
Jhonny Peralta (DET) 20/1
Omar Infante (DET) 20/1
Andy Dirks (DET) 25/1
Gregor Blanco (SF) 25/1
Any Other Player 12/1

Additional Game 1 Props

Total Strikeouts - Justin Verlander 7.5
Total Strikeouts - Barry Zito 3.5

Totals Hits Runs and RBI's

Miguel Cabrera (DET) -190
Buster Posey (SF) +155

Prince Fielder (DET) -150
Pablo Sandoval (SF) +120

Delmon Young (DET) +105
Hunter Pence (SF) -135

Austin Jackson (DET) -175
Marco Scutaro (SF) +145

Additional Series Props

Series Spread
San Francisco Giants +1½ (-130)
Detroit Tigers -1½ (EVEN)

Series Spread
San Francisco Giants +2½ (-290)
Detroit Tigers -2½ (+230)

Series Spread
San Francisco Giants -1½ (+300)
Detroit Tigers +1½ (-400)

Exact Result
San Francisco Giants 4-0 +1800
San Francisco Giants 4-1 +900
San Francisco Giants 4-2 +550
San Francisco Giants 4-3 +450

Detroit Tigers 4-0 +750
Detroit Tigers 4-1 +350
Detroit Tigers 4-2 +400
Detroit Tigers 4-3 +450

Number of Games
Over 5½ (-165)
Under 5½ (+135)

Number of Games
Over 4½ (-1000)
Under 4½ (+600)

Number of Games
4 +600
5 +240
6 +200
7 +200

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