MLB – Historical games on the 2012 NL and AL Championships
Last year’s American League Championship Series was an interested series between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers for the American League pennant. The series started on Saturday, October 13, 2012 in New York and ended on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Detroit. Despite the Yankees been favorites, this series were not as good as it seems for them. At the end, The Tigers surprise everyone by winning the series 4–0.
Game 1 betting lines opened up with the home standing New York Yankees favored by -125 odds with the return on the underdog Detroit Tigers at +115 odds. The run over /under came out at 8 runs.
However, Game 1 wasn’t as expected by bettors. Despite some great runs on the game by Ibanez and Suzuki, the Yankees couldn’t get the victory losing closely to the underdog Detroit 6-4. This result gave cero wins to the gamblers who bet for the favorite Yankees and the total, which ended with 10 runs instead of 8.
Unremittingly on Game 2, the bettors continue on Yankees side by having them as favorites with a -130 odd over Detroit and with a total of 8 over/under. The gamblers again predicted wrong as the Yankees’ lineup continued its struggles and couldn’t handle the game, losing 8-4 with some great saves of Coke.
For Game 3 obviously the betting lines shift to the Tigers as favorites with -185 odd. Regardless of that, things were tight in the game at the beginning since Yankee Eduardo Nunez added it up a homerun. But the Detroit Tigers went an extra mile on the game, getting the victory of 7-5 with two great Delmon Young’s homeruns.
During Game 4, every bettor knew that Detroit was the favorite to win the game and the series. The Tigers begin hot in the game swinging early and taking a 2–0 lead into the fourth inning. The Tigers broke this game open with a pair of two-run home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta. Then the Yankees drove in one run in the sixth inning, when a triple by Eduardo Núñez was followed by a Nick Swisher double. Moreover, Austin Jackson did a homerun in the seventh inning, and Peralta closed the Tigers’ scoring with his second home run in the eighth inning, which gave an advantage of 8–1 to the Detroit Tigers. This way an underdog like the Tigers beat the all-time favorite Yankees with a 4-0 series and moved to the World Series against the San Francisco Giants, where they lose 4-0.
On the other hand, the 2012 National League Championship Series were even more thrilling. The series were best-of-seven playoff between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals. This series began on Sunday, October 14, 2012 and ended Monday, October 22, 2012.
During the first game, the Cardinals were inspired, having two home runs at the second inning by David Freese and Carlos Beltrán on the fourth inning. However, despite of Giants team effort, the Cardinals won the game 6-4. During this Game 1, the Giants were favored by the bettors by -140 odd with a total of 7over/under. Conversely, this prediction ended completely wrong for gamblers.
Continuously on Game 2, things went on Giants side and regardless of been tied until the fourth inning, the Giants scored four runs, three of which were unearned during two Cardinals errors. This way the Giant won the game 7-1. Game 2 was great for bettors since they had San Francisco as favorite with -112 odd.
For the following games, the betting lines for this contest were pretty tight. It wasn’t expected any of the teams to be favored by a substantial margin. Both teams run out their aces in Game 3 after a tied series of 1-1. The Giants were favored by -1 ½ +175 with a 6 ½ u -105 for Game 3.
However on Game 3, things were really close-fitting between the two teams, but after a great run of the Cardinals on the seventh inning; the St. Louis underdogs got the lead and won the game 3-1. By this victory, bettors favoring the Giants didn’t gain anything on their bets.
At Game 4 everything went to the Redbird’s side, Adam Wainwright went seven strong innings, giving up only four hits and one run, a home run to Hunter Pence, walking none and striking out five, while Tim Lincecum gave up four runs in 4 2⁄3 innings. This way the Cardinals won the game 8-3 and leaded the series 3-1.
Still, regardless of the Cardinals advantage, MLB fans and gamblers predicting that the Redbirds were the favorites to win Game 5 and qualify for the World Series Championship, the Giants prove them wrong by winning Game 5 (5-0) and Game 6 (6-1).This way, the Giants tied the series 3-3 and took it to a seventh and decisive game.
Game 7 of the series was expected to be close according to MLB betting lines. Both teams needed to win, but despite the good results for San Francisco on Game 5 and 6, the two teams proved to be equally capable of overcoming though scenarios.
During this decisive game the Giants took an early lead in the first and second inning and from that moment on San Francisco got inspired, adding up 5 more runs on the third inning. The Cardinals lost confidence and that was it, the San Francisco got the victory with a score of 9-0. The Giants won the NL pennant and qualified to the World Series against the Detroit Tigers were they become the World Champions for seventh time.