Tigers well rested for start of World Series

25 October 2012 13:15:00 EST

The Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants will find out whether rest or momentum is better at this time of year when they open the World Series on Wednesday evening at AT & T Park.

The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound after sweeping the New York Yankees in impressive fashion in the American League Championship series. Doug Fister, Anibal Sanchez and Max Scherzer follow in the Detroit rotation with the only surprise being Sanchez getting the call in Game 3 rather than Scherzer.

Should the series go seven games, it would leave Sanchez as the projected Game 7 starter rather than Scherzer, which on the surface appears to be a tactical mistake by Tigers' manager Jim Leyland.

San Francisco goes with Barry Zito in the opener, in a move that no one could have predicted at the start of the year. Generally considered the fifth starter in the Giants rotation after Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Baumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong, Zito has become something a talisman for San Francisco down the stretch as the Giants have not lost a game in which he started since the beginning of August.

Baumgarner, who tired at the end of the year and did not start during the National League Championship series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, gets the opportunity in Game 2 with Vogelsong slated for Game 3. If the Giants can split the first two games against Detroit this sets up the possibility of the Giants' best pitcher in the post-season, Vogelsong, getting the call in a seventh and deciding game should the World Series go that long.

The Tigers are 17/2 to win the series while the Giants can be backed at 1/14.

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