The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook released the odds to win Major League Baseball’s four opening playoff series and overall odds to win the World Series. As expected the two early favorites in Las Vegas eyes are the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies.
National League Divisional Playoff Series Prices Features A Couple of Underdogs Capable of Winning
Cincinnati Reds +230 vs Philadelphia Phillies -270
The Cincinnati Reds are the largest underdog of the four Major League Baseball Divisional Playoffs. The Cincinnati Reds also may have the best opportunity for the upset in the MLB Divisional Playoffs. Dusty Baker, the Cincinnati Reds manager, has a reputation of using his pitchers up in the regular season. This year it appears Dusty Baker has played his cards right and his pitchers should be ready to start the post season.
The Philadelphia Phillies have chosen an eight day schedule for their five game playoff against the Cincinnati Reds. This is significant because it allows the Philadelphia Phillies to run a three man rotation. The three man rotation is the best in all of baseball. Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels will put up a wall for the hot hitting Cincinnati Reds and if this game does go four or five games the Cincinnati Reds will not have a chance. Take the Philadelphia Phillies -270 to win the MLB Divisional Playoff Series in four games.
Atlanta Braves +140 vs San Francisco Giants -160
Bobby Cox earns one last go round in the MLB Divisional Playoffs with his Atlanta Braves. Cox and the Atlanta Braves made it into the MLB Divisional Playoffs after the former National League West leaders, the San Diego Padres choked out of first place. The Atlanta Braves will go into this MLB Divisional Series minus half their All Star veteran infield. Chipper Jones suffered a season ending injury as did Martin Prado.
The rotation Bobby Cox will send out for the Atlanta Braves is a rotation capable of shutting down the San Francisco Giants. Derek Lowe is the hot hand in rotation. He is 5-0 with 1.17 ERA in last 5 starts. Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.33) and Tim Hudson 17-9, 2.83 will also be tough stoppers in the rotation.
The San Francisco Giants strong suit is their pitching led by Tim Lincecum. The San Francisco Giants pitcher will be in his first MLB Divisional Playoff and we will soon find out how he handles the pressure. Also the San Francisco Giants have floated the possibility of a four man rotation to get their rookie, Madison Bumgarner some MLB Divisional Playoffs experience.
Bumgarner, who is 7-6 with a 3.00 and 86 strikeouts in 18 games, has been a glimpse of the San Francisco Giants future. Take the Atlanta Braves +140 over the San Francisco Giants to win this MLB Divisional Playoff Series in five games.
Texas Rangers +125 vs Tampa Bay Rays -145
Once in a while a team staggers into the MLB Divisional Playoffs and has no chance once they have made their way in. The Texas Rangers are the team that limps into this years MLB Divisional Playoffs. This game boils down to the first game of the MLB Divisional Playoff Series.
David Price will take the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays and mid season acquisition Cliff Lee pitch for the Texas Rangers. Price has the slight edge and once the Tampa Bay Rays win the first game they will break the spirit of the Texas Rangers. Take the Tampa Bay Rays -145 to win the MLB Divisional Series over the Texas Rangers in three games.
New York Yankees -175 vs Minnesota Twins +155
The evil empire, the New York Yankees, hits the road and takes on the Minnesota Twins in their beautiful new outdoor venue, Target Field. If this was a MLB Divisional Playoff played on paper the New York Yankees would beat the Minnesota Twins ten out of ten times.
The Minnesota Twins have the grit and determination that can get them to the World Series. This MLB Divisional Series will also come down to pitching and the two best starters on both the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. The New York Yankees will run out CC Sabathia (21-7) and AJ Burnett (10-15) while the Minnesota Twins will counter with proven lefty Francisco Liriano (14-10) and Carl Pavano (17-11) and a former New York Yankees pitcher. Take the Minnesota Twins +155 over the loaded New York Yankees.
Odds to Win 2010 World Series
New York Yankees 9-4
Philadelphia Phillie’s 3-1
Tampa Bay Rays 5-1
Minnesota Twins 7-1
Texas Rangers 10-1
San Francisco Giants 12-1
Atlanta Braves 12-1
Cincinnati Reds 15-1
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