One win away from his second World Series title in three years, (3-0) San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy looks for a “perfect” sweep of the (0-3) Detroit Tigers in the 2012 Fall Classic.
Game 4 of the 2012 World Series is scheduled to get underway tonight at 8:07 p.m. EST (7:07 p.m. CST) from Comerica Park in Detroit, MI, and it’ll be broadcast live on FOX.
“It’s a good situation, but there’s nothing been done yet,” Bochy said. “It’s a number, just like I said about two. Now it’s three. But that’s not the series. So you have to keep going about your business as usual, and come out tomorrow ready to go.”
After listing the Giants as underdogs in the first three games, it appears that World Series 2012 odds makers are still not ready to give in and show San Fran any love.
According to the latest odds and figures, Detroit will be listed as MLB predictions favorites for the fourth straight time in this series. Don’t believe it? See it for yourself.
Here are the most recent MLB lines and the OVER/UNDER:
- San Francisco Giants (+115): +1½ (-205) – OVER 6½ (-120)
- Detroit Tigers (-125): -1½ (+175) – UNDER 6½ (+100)
It’s hard to believe that the Giants are listed as dogs tonight despite of the fact that their Game 4 starter has been solid throughout the MLB Playoffs and capped off very successful season by throwing the first perfect game in franchise history.
“You try to trick yourself into thinking it’s another game, but you know what’s going on,” Cain said. “It’s like your mind and your body, they know what’s going on.
“They know it’s going to be a big game in the World Series. You definitely know what’s going on, so you’re going about it real focused and just trying to get the job done.”
Unfortunately for Detroit, the change of scenery did very little to slow down the sizzling Giants. Powered by another quality pitching start and timely hitting, San Francisco finds itself one victory away from baseball immortality.
What does a manager in this position tell his team to try and light a fire under them as they face elimination?
“You don’t really have to tell them anything. They can count,” manager Jim Leyland responded. “They’re big guys, they know what the situation is.”
For the Tigers, their perfect 4-0 record this MLB postseason meant nothing in Game 3.Thus, this team finds itself needing what would seem like a miracle just to stay alive and force a Game 5 with Justin Verlander on the mound.
Bu before they can hand the ball over to the reigning AL MVP/Cy Young winner, coach Leyland will look for a solid outing from tonight’s starting pitcher Max Scherzer.
“I absolutely relish it. I mean, this is the start of a lifetime to be able to pitch in the World Series,” said the 16-game winner. “You know, every game you pitch in the World Series is a must‑win game, so what better opportunity than the one I have.”
Here’s a closer look at the pitching matchup for Game 4 of the 2012 World Series:
(Giants) RHP Matt Cain:
- 2012 Regular Season: 16-5, 2.79 ERA (32 starts, 219 IP)
- 2012 MLB Playoffs: 2-2, 3.52 ERA (4 starts, 23.0 IP)
- Career vs. DET: N/A
(Tigers) RHP Max Scherzer:
- 2012 Regular Season: 16-7, 3.74 ERA (32 starts, 187.2 IP)
- 2012 MLB Playoffs: 1-0, 0.82 ERA (2 starts, 11.0 IP)
- Career vs. SFO: 1-3, 5.12 ERA (4 starts, 19.1 IP, 1.40 WHIP, .230 BAA)
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