Wednesday, November 03, 2010

A Giant Shock, 2011 World Series, Futures and Odds

While the San Francisco Giants ‘shocked the world’ en route to winning their first World Series title since 1954 while getting some timely contributions from their cast of unlikely players, fantasy baseball lovers and MLB betting enthusiasts everywhere are now turning their collective eyes toward the 2011 MLB season.

Thanks to this look back at some key MLB moments in 2010 – and glimpse ahead at the value-packed 2011 MLB World Series Futures Odds, MLB baseball lovers everywhere will be able to get a jump on the competition in all of their 2011 MLB endeavors.

Let me get started in the National League where Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez led the league in hitting with a robust .336 batting average to beat out Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (.324). Despite their epic collapse, St. Louis could bounce back in a big way in 2011 as big-boppers Albert Pujols (.312) and Matt Holliday (.312) both finished in the top 10 in hitting and the Cards have a quartet of starters that can be downright dominant.

Despite not having a single batter finish in the top the Philadelphia Phillies will enter the 20111 MLB regular season as the favorites in the NL to win the 2011 World Series at a value-packed +600 against the MLB Futures Odds while the Giants will be back to defend their title at a stellar +1000 and St. Louis sits at +1500.

Josh Hamilton had a monster year in the AL in spite of missing almost all of September. The Texas Rangers’ outfielder hit a blistering .359 to beat out Miguel Cabrera (.328) and Joe Mauer (.327).

Toronto’s Jose Bautista showed that not everyone has to take performance enhancing drugs to hit 50 home runs while Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera led all of baseball with 126 RBIs.

Athough Hamilton led the Rangers to a thorough shellacking of the Yankees in their World Series showdown, New York sits atop the 2011 MLB World Series Futures Odds at +400 while the defending AL champion Rangers check in at +1200 to bring home the bacon.

Just thinking back on the 2010 regular season will bring fond memories of the seemingly endless succession of no-hitters and perfect games that took place in the ‘Year of the Pitcher’.

Now, I’m salivating in anticipation of the 2011 regular season.

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