Tigers, Cardinals eye World Series berths

October continues to offer up great sports betting opportunities and the next couple of days are no exception, as bettors get to choose from some high-stakes baseball, a key NFL west coast divisional battle and some college football for their action. Here's a quick preview of the next 48 hours in sports betting.

On the hardball scene the Detroit Tigers had to fight like furious felines just to make the playoffs this season, and now they're one win away from playing in the World Series. Detroit was just about to put the New York Yankees out of their misery Wednesday night, until Game 4 of the American League Championship Series got postponed by weather until Thursday afternoon (4 pm ET, TBS).

The Tigers lead this ALCS three games to none, as Detroit pitching has held the Yankees to five runs - four of which came in one inning. Max Scherzer (16-7, 3.74) gets the chance to clinch the pennant for the Tigers on Thursday, while CC Sabathia (15-6, 3.38) has been assigned to keep New York's season alive.

Over in the National League the St. Louis Cardinals grabbed a 2-1 series lead over the San Francisco Giants with a lengthy rain-interrupted 3-1 victory on Wednesday night. The Cards will try to go up 3-1 in this NLCS when the teams meet at Busch Stadium on Thursday night (8 pm ET, Fox).

Adam Wainwright (14-13, 3.94) gets the chance to give St. Louis a firm grip on this series, while the mercurial Tim Lincecum (10-15, 5.18) has been tasked with trying to even this series for the Giants.

As of Thursday morning most baseball betting outlets were listing New York as a -110 favorite for Thursday's Game 4 of the ALCS, while St. Louis is a -130 favorite for Game 4 of the NLCS.

If the Yankees win Thursday Game 5 of the ALCS will be played Friday afternoon, while Game 5 of the NLCS will be played Friday night.

For our NFL Thursday night action the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, both 4-2 and part of a three-way tie for first place in the NFC West, clash at Candlestick (8:25 pm ET, NFL Network).

San Francisco just got embarrassed by the New York Giants, while Seattle is coming off an upset of New England. The 49ers were originally posted as nine-point favorites but as of Thursday morning the Niners had been bet down to -7.

Finally, for a little dash of college action, the Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings and favored by eight points for their game Thursday night at 5-1 Arizona State (9 pm ET, ESPN).

And Friday night we see the last of a Big East rivalry as Syracuse hosts UConn (8 pm ET, ESPN). The 2-4 Orange, who are headed for the ACC next season, are favored by four points over the 3-4 Huskies.


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