The San Francisco Giants will host the Detroit Tigers Wednesday night in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, with the action set to begin at 8 p.m. ET at AT&T Park. FOX will carry the Fall Classic, so prepare for plenty of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
The Giants will rely on Barry Zito Wednesday night: the lefty was 15-8 with a 4-15 ERA, pitching efficiently after several years of uncertainty. He allowed two runs off four hits in 2⅔ innings in Game 4 of the NLDS, and got the win in Game 5 of the NLCS after tossing 7⅔ shutout innings while allowing six hits, with a total of 10 strikeouts in both stints. This will be Zito's first appearance in the World Series.
Justin Verlander, the Tigers' ace, starts after a solid performance thus far this postseason: he's 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA and 25 strikeouts. He was 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA during the regular season, leading MLB with 239 strikeouts.