MLB Odds Favor D-Backs, Reputation Favors Giants

by Dirty on September 2, 2011

Betting on MLB

The surging Arizona Diamondbacks have an opportunity to put yet more space between themselves and the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants this weekend. The question is, can they actually follow through?

What was once looking like a tightly-fought NL West division race has blown right open thanks to the D-Backs’ late-August success. Now, with a three-game set on the horizon, the Giants can either start clawing back at the lead, or continue their downward spiral.

As far as the MLB betting world is concerned, the Giants are a superbly-staffed club with winning experience. Arizona, in contrast, is still very much an unproven commodity. That may be why the D-Backs sit with just 18/1 odds of winning the World Series compared to San Francisco’s 25/1 despite the gap in the standings.

With the wild card berth essentially locked down by the NL East’s Atlanta Braves, it’s all or nothing for the rivalry in the west. If Arizona can hold on to their playoff ticket, it will be their first trip to the postseason since 2007.

Led by Justin Upton and a contingent of well-rounded young hitters, not to mention revitalized ace Dan Haren, the Diamondbacks have seemingly come out of nowhere to emerge as a legitimate MLB betting option.

It may be hard to completely buy into the D-Backs’ as contenders philosophy, but those who do stand the chance of collecting a significant payout.

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