MLB Betting: Atlanta Braves Try to Stay Alive vs. San Francisco Giants

The World Series gets underway on Wednesday in San Francisco with the Texas Rangers a slight favorite in MLB betting.

The Giants were able to get past the Philadelphia Phillies in baseball betting to win the National League pennant while the Rangers upset the Yankees to win the American League.

The Rangers are in the World Series for the first time ever while the Giants are making their first appearance since 2002.  Neither the Giants nor the Rangers were favored but both looked like the better teams in their respective series.

Ross and Hamilton MVP’s – Cody Ross won the NLCS MVP while Josh Hamilton was named the ALCS MVP. The Giants got a huge NLCS out of Cody Ross as he just ripped the ball against the Phillies.  The Rangers got a good series out of Josh Hamilton although it was pitcher Colby Lewis who just as easily could have been the MVP.

Favored Yankees and Phillies Fail – The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies were expected to win their series and make the World Series but the Yankees couldn’t pitch and the Phillies couldn’t hit. Both teams had their chances but the Yankees couldn’t find anyone to get big outs while the Phillies couldn’t get a big hit.  Both teams lost in six games.  The Yankees had an ERA of 6.58 in their series against Texas.  If that wasn’t bad enough, New York hit just .201 against the Rangers.  The Phillies had better pitching numbers in their series against San Francisco but their hitting was just awful, especially in the clutch.

Game 1 on Wednesday
The Giants will be looking to win their first World Series since 1954 while the Rangers will be looking for their first win ever. The Giants will have the home field advantage in this series that has the format of 2-3-2.  Game 1 will be on Wednesday night in San Francisco and be televised on Fox. The Rangers are -125 favorites though to win the World Series at Sbg global. The main reason the Rangers are favored is Game 1 starter Cliff Lee who has been fantastic the past two seasons in the playoffs.  Lee is also a slight favorite in MLB betting in Game 1 against the Giants and Tim Lincecum.