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MLB Betting - D-Backs vs. Giants

MLB betting handicappers still consider the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants to be a leading contender to repeat in the 2011 campaign.
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MLB betting expectations may not be as high for the Arizona Diamondbacks but they are considered to be a potential bargain value for the 2011 online baseball betting campaign.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will take on the San Francisco Giants in Friday exhibition baseball action with a starting time of 3:05 PM ET.  This is a matchup of National League West Division rivals.  Sports-Gambling will have side and total odds on this game so be sure and open your account for action on the entire exhibition season and the regular schedule to follow in April.

San Francisco was the surprise winner of the National League West Division with a record of 92-70 last year.  The key to the Giants success with the baseball odds last year was their pitching staff that finished 12th overall for staff earned run average.  The offense was inconsistent and mediocre and finished 21st for run production although it came up clutch in the post season.

Keep in mind the Giants had to beat the San Diego Padres in the final game of the regular season after the Padres suffered an epic collapse down the stretch after seeming to have the NL West Division title in hand.

World Series Most Valuable Player Edgar Renteria has departed the scene for Cincinnati while Juan Uribe fled to the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.  Miguel Tejada will be the shortstop and he is getting long in the tooth.

On the positive right hand starters Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain anchor one of the best rotations in the major leagues and serve to make for a clear betting baseball asset.  Brian Wilson was a phenomenal closer in the post season.

Arizona finished dead last in the National League West Division with a record of 65-97 and yet many handicappers are impressed with the new sense of direction of the team.

There is a definite and much needed feeling of newness with the Diamondbacks as general manager Kevin Towers, manager Kirk Gibson, and 21 players will begin their first full MLB betting season in the organization.

Right hand starter Daniel Hudson leads the rotation after going 7-1 with a 1.69 earned run average after being acquired from the White Sox.