The biggest reason for the Texas Rangers being in this year’s World Series is their ability to win on the road, as the American League champions went 5-1 away from home in their first two MLB betting postseason series’ against the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees. However, after an 11-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in game one of the championship series, the Rangers will need a crucial road win to avoid burying themselves in a 2-0 hole before heading back to the lone star state.
As has been the case for San Francisco throughout these playoffs, unpredictability has been the key. The Giants have imitated a college football betting underdog by thriving in that role, with wins over the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies to win the National League championship. San Francisco continued to surprise in game one in what was supposed to be a pitchers battle, exploding for 11 runs against playoff hero Cliff Lee and the Rangers’ bullpen. Those same Giants’ bats that had done just enough to earn seven of their eight wins by one run exploded for six against in 4 2/3 innings against Lee, then added another five against Texas’ relievers the rest of the way. Despite solid performances throughout his postseason career, Lee has struggled in the World Series dating back to game five of 2009 against the Yankees. The veteran hurler allowed five earned runs on seven hits, over seven innings in that game, but the Phillies’ offense bailed him out and he got the online sports betting win. Lee was not so fortunate in game one of the 2010 World Series, and manager Ron Washington gave him the hook early to prevent further fatigue.
The loss is the Rangers’ 12th straight in San Francisco, including ten in a row at AT&T Park. Texas brushed the score aside as being irrelevant, noting that it didn’t matter how many runs that Giants got after their sixth, as it still would have been a loss. However, the 11-run explosion has even more significance given the way San Francisco has perfomed this postseason, and who the particular pitcher was on the mound. If Lee was just another pitcher in the loss, then what are the Giants capable of doing the rest of the way.
San Francisco will look to make it consecutive wins as the first NL team since 2001 to open a World Series at home. The Giants haven’t won baseball betting’s ultimate prize since they relocated from New York in 1954. 11 of the past 13 teams that have won game one have also gone on to win it all, another factor that lends to that San Francisco may now have the edge in this series. The Giants came in as underdogs, but after a commanding game one win now appear to have the edge going forward, as the focus shifts to San Francisco’s Matt Cain and Texas’ CJ Wilson on the mound Thursday night.
After a thrilling 60-13 college football betting win over UCLA, fans of Oregon were preparing for the shot at moving to the top of the rankings in the Bowl Championship Series, needing only an Auburn loss to finally making the jump. After finally getting the number-one spot in the AP Poll, the Ducks steamrolled their week eight opponent Thursday night, setting the stage for the move with number-one Auburn facing a tough Saturday match up against LSU, but the Tigers prevailed with a 24-17 win.
So Auburn keeps the number-one BCS ranking for another week, the first number one-ranked team to keep that title for consecutive weeks in a month after Alabama, Ohio State, and Oklahoma lost in three straight weeks in their first games after being named the top team. Quarterback Cam Newton has established himself as an early favorite to win this year’s Heisman trophy, with over 1,300 combined yards and an incredible 27 touchdowns. Newton and the Tigers will face perhaps their toughest test remaining this season the last week of the online sports betting year. Auburn won’t face another ranked opponent the next three weeks before taking on the defending national champion Crimson Tide in their finale. The Tigers will need the time to regroup after what is always a physical match up, alluding to the win over LSU.
As for the Ducks, the fact that they’ve peaked in the AP polls simply is not good enough. Oregon will look to make another statement this weekend in what is a true testament to the changing of the guard in the PAC-10. The Ducks and their number-one ranked offense will take on Lane Kiffin and the Trojans on the road, their first of two games in California over the next three weeks. While Oregon has scored more points than any other betting team, their defense has been solid as well. With a strong rushing attack and the ability to manage the clock for their stoppers, the Ducks are well on their way to a PAC-10 championship. Anything less than a clean sweep the remainder of the way will most likely result in Oregon being bumped for a spot in the Northbet review betting national title game, so there will be pressure. But if they can continue to take care of their own business, they will all but ensure a spot in the top two, perhaps finally getting to the number one spot if the Tigers slip.
While the SEC may still be the strongest conference in college football betting, their beating up of one another could result in a couple of smaller schools sneaking in. Should Auburn lose, that would leave Oregon to take the top spot, with undefeated Boise State still knocking on the door from number three. The Broncos soft schedule has prevented them from reaching BCS championships, but a third straight undefeated season could very well change that.
While the possibility for an ultimate rubber match still exists, the two teams that have split the past two World Series championships are now both one game away from elimination in the 2010 MLB Betting playoffs. While the New York Yankees lived to fight another day with a massive 7-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in game five Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies were pushed to the brink of elimination with a 6-5 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The Yankees relied on pitcher CC Sabathia to keep the Rangers from reaching at least five runs for the first time in the series in the 5-2 win, with the New York bullpen also stepping up in a major way. Sabathia allowed two runs on 11 hits, while striking out seven over six innings to earn the win, while Kerry Wood and Mariano Rivera shut down the Rangers’ high-powered offense over the final three innings in the win. Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher hit back-to-back online sports betting jacks in the second inning, with Curtis Granderson smacking another out of the park as insurance in the win. Cano’s home run was his fourth of the series, which ties a record for most in a single ALCS, and was also his sixth of all-time, which is an Ameican Legaue record for second basemen. Texas did manage a home run in the fifth inning to keep their streak alive, as the Rangers have hit a home run in all ten games this postseason. The baseball betting series will now shift back to Houston where the Rangers are 1-7 all-time in postseason play.
Meanwhile, the Giants can Northbet win their first NL pennant in eight years with a win over the Phillies Thursday night. Philadelphia will go with Roy Halladay to keep their series alive, as San Francisco has pushed the Phillies to the brink of elimination. That is after Juan Uribe hit a sacrifice shot in the bottom of the ninth in Wednesday’s 6-5 win off Phillies’ reliever Roy Oswalt, sending the hometown fans in to a frenzy with the game-winning run. The chances at a third straight World Series featuring the same two teams was always considered unlikely, and appears to be even more so with both teams trailing in their respective series’, but neither will submit just yet. Of the 30 teams that have taken 3-1 league championship series leads in the betting history of the game, 24 have gone on to take home the pennant. The Yankees are one step closer to adding against that trend, but will have to find a way to get to game seven, where they will then have to deal with playoff hero Cliff Lee and his magnificent postseason stuff. Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel decided against starting Halladay for game four, and may very well regret it going forward after his Phillies fell 3-1 in the series instead of it potentially being all tied up at this point.