Zito & Verlander Enter Game 1 From Far Different Directions

61% of game 1 winners win World SeriesWednesday night, the San Francisco Giants host the Detroit Tigers, in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series, at AT&T Park, in San Francisco. This game features a nice pitching matchup between the resurgent Barry Zito and the spectacular Justin Verlander.

After a successful start to his career (2002 American League Cy Young Award), while playing for the Oakland Athletics, the lefty has struggled since signing a massive $126 million contract with the Giants in 2007.

Zito experienced a career resurrection this season, going 15-8, while recording a winning record for the first time since arriving in San Francisco.  With the Giants down 3-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals, Zito won Game 5 of the NLCS, helping swing the series back in the Giants favor.

After going an unbelievable 24-5 in 2011 (won American League Cy Young and MVP), Verlander posted a 17-9 record in 2012, followed by a dominant 3-0 stretch, during this current Tigers postseason run.

It should also be noted that 61 percent of teams that win Game 1, go on to later raise the World Series trophy.