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?

NFL Betting Preview for October 31, 2010: Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers (-3)


NFL OddsThe betting world refuses to let go of the San Diego Chargers. Every week the NFL betting lines come out and every week the NFL scores indicate that the Chargers have lost again. The Chargers have the first ranked offense and defense in the NFL, yet they are only 2-5. That means that special teams and penalties are killing the Charges, and that is a sign of poor coaching.

The Titans are having quarterback problems again this season, but this time it is not their fault. Starting quarterback Vince Young is still nursing an injured knee, and back-up Kerry Collins has a bad finger. Collins still wound up playing in the Titans week seven 37-19 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, and he played well. But the preseason NFL predictions surrounding the Tennessee Titans and their chances at a playoff spot centered around Vince Young being in at quarterback. It is still unknown as to whether or not Young will play in week eight against the Chargers.

If you like offense, then you will love this game. The Chargers offense is top ranked in the NFL putting up an average of 423 yards and 25 points per game. The Titan offense can’t match the number of yards the Chargers have, but Tennessee has been averaging 28 points per game. The difference in this game as pointed out earlier, will be special teams.

One of the reasons why the Chargers have so many yards per game is because that is the situation their special teams puts the offense in. The Chargers have not returned a punt for a touchdown this season, and the best punt returner they have is Patrick Crayton with an average of 11.5 yards per return. Regular punt returner, running back Darren Sproles, is only averaging 7.5 yards per return and his longest return is 13 yards.

Another reason why the team with the best offense and defense in the league is only 2-5 is their turnover ratio. The Chargers have a -7 turnover ratio, which means that their defense is unable to get the ball back from the opposing offense with any decent field position. The Chargers have to rack up all of that offense just to make up for the terrible starting field position they get on each possession.

The Titans are still trying to hold on until Vince Young can come back. The win over the Eagles was a huge Northbet review confidence builder, but the Titans defense is 23rd against the pass. This game will probably turn into a shoot out between Kerry Collins and San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers. If that is how this one shakes out, then the Titans are in big trouble.

The Titans need to try and control the clock with running back Chris Johnson and keep the San Diego offense off the field. But the Chargers are masters at time of possession outlasting the opposition 34 minutes to 26 minutes on average. Nothing about this game, on paper, looks very promising for the Tennessee Titans without Vince Young.

Pick: San Diego Chargers 27-10


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