World Series Betting
World Series Betting Odds Update
BetOnline.ag - by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 10/3/2012
Texas Rangers +400
The two-time defending American League champions are as good a pick as any to win the World Series this time around. The Rangers fell apart in the 2010 World Series and appeared to have learned their lesson in 2011, only to fail to get the last strike against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6. The Rangers were one strike away from winning their first World Series, and impressively, manager Ron Washington's team has shrugged off that setback to return to the playoffs. The Rangers do need to make sure that they win one of their final two regular season games against Oakland to clinch the A.L. West and avoid the wild card game. In the playoffs, the Rangers' balanced batting order will give them a noticeable advantage against any team they play.
Cincinnati Reds +500
Legal online sports betting experts think that with the Reds' batting order and bullpen, this team is built to win close games in the eighth and ninth innings. That might be true, but Cincinnati's starting pitching isn't as good as the Washington Nationals' cast of starters. The National League is wide open; no team should be seen as a clear favorite in the Senior Circuit.
New York Yankees +550
No betting sites online will argue with the Yankees' potential, but is this a team that should be favored to win the American League? Definitely not. First of all, the absence of injured closer Mariano Rivera is likely to cost the Yankees at least one game in the American League Division Series (assuming the Yankees do get there; they have not yet officially clinched the A.L. East title; their magic number is still two in their battle with the Baltimore Orioles). Second, starter C.C. Sabathia – having been injured for much of the season – might not be at his very best in the playoffs. Third, first baseman Mark Teixeira has been injured for most of the past two months and cannot be counted on to deliver big hits or run-saving defensive plays. This is not the most impressive Yankee team in recent years. Winning the American League would be more surprising than unsurprising at this point.
Washington Nationals +550
While football betting experts in Washington, D.C., focus on the Redskins, everyone else is looking at the Nationals. Everyone is waiting to see if this very young and talented team will withstand the pressure of the postseason. The assortment of young arms, beginning with Gio Gonzalez, is formidable. However, the bullpen is not an elite one, and Bryce Harper – not yet 20 years of age – will find it hard to rise to the moment in his first taste of the playoffs.
San Francisco Giants +700
The fact that starting pitcher Tim Lincecum is not on top of his game is what could ultimately doom the Giants. One could make the case that if Atlanta wins the wild card game, it should have better odds than the Giants.
Detroit Tigers +800
This is an underachieving team, one that failed to win 90 games during the regular season. However, now that it's in the playoffs, Detroit could be really dangerous with Justin Verlander and a healthy Doug Fister on the mound, plus Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder at the plate. However, an injury to starter Max Scherzer – the second-best starter on the team over the course of the season – is likely to kill the Tigers in the A.L. playoffs… maybe not in round one, but certainly in round two.
Atlanta Braves +1000
This is a team built to win in the postseason because its bullpen is the best in the National League, perhaps a shade better than Cincinnati's. The Braves, if they win the N.L. wild card game, will become an attractive choice.
Baltimore Orioles +1400
A team that wins 16 straight extra-inning games and wins over 75 percent of games decided by one run is a team that can do anything. This is a great value price.
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