Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Betting Underdogs Take Center Stage for 2010 World Series

2010 World Series PicksAfter consecutive seasons of watching the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies battle for baseball betting supremacy, Major League Baseball crowned two new league champions in 2010, with the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants each beating the defending league champions to get to the World Series. While the Giants haven’t been to the big game in eight seasons, this will be the first championship series for the Rangers, underlining what has been an improbable run for two underdogs with designs on winning it all.

The Rangers answered the question of who would take down the hated Yankees in the American League by taking them down in six games. A powerful Texas offense and clutch pitching has fueled the Rangers past the Tampa Bay Rays and Yankees to win their first American League title, but that won’t be enough for a hungry Rangers’ team. With the outstanding postseason phenom Cliff Lee on the mound for at least two games, Texas feels they have the better chance to take home the online sports betting title this fall, and with good reason. The Rangers have hit a home run in every game during these playoffs, with an offense that features Nelson Cruz and his five homers, as well as slugger Josh Hamilton, who tied an ALCS record with four home runs in the ALCS. Lee is 7-0 with an era of 1.26 over the past two playoffs, and has the experience, talent, and poise to rank as the best pitcher in the baseball. It’s hard to argue against the way the Rangers dominated the Yankees last series, and manager Ron Washington would like to see more of the same in the World Series.

The Giants finally ended the Phillies’ party atop the National League, with a win over Philadelphia following four wins over the Cincinnati Reds. Game one starter Tim Lincecum has regained his Cy Young form after struggling for the first time in his career this past August, and as long as he continues to perform, should keep the Giants in the games against Lee. Despite being a team that is not known for its offense or aggressiveness, San Francisco has done a lot to get to where they are, with seven of their eight Northbet review wins this postseason coming via one-run. The Giants’ NLCS MVP Cody Ross was a player that nobody even wanted during the season, but after providing the team with an offensive spark this postseason is what everyone is now talking about.

The MLB betting season will come to an end in the next couple of weeks, with either the Rangers or Giants taking home baseball’s top honor. Both teams deserve to be where they are based on what they have accomplished this season, but in the end only one can win it all. The Rangers are the favorites based on their high-powered offense and Lee. The question is whether or not the Giants will continue to overcome the odds?

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