MLB betting excitement continues to build for what looks to be a phenomenal race down the stretch with the MLB odds in the National League West Division
The San Diego Padres continued to hold on to a slim lead as the Giants leaped up the standings to come within one game of the upstart Padres as well as to take over the top spot in the wild card race.
Buster Posey is a big reason for the Giants resurgence on offense, which was considered to be their online baseball betting weakness heading into the 2010 season.
Posey was the Giants first round draft pick in 2008 as he hails from Florida State. He got a brief taste of the “Big Show” last year and was kept down the lineup at the start of this season.
Posey continued to impress the Giants through the first half of the 2010 season and eventually was promoted to cleanup hitter as Bengie Molina was shipped off to the Texas Rangers.
“We just felt it was time,” said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. “Buster was ready.”
The Giants were only one game over .500 in early July and 7.5 games out of first place in the NL West when Posey took over the cleanup slot in the lineup, where he has hit at a .370 clip since taking over the assignment from Molina. Posey has also proven to be a better than expected catcher and has worked well with the Giants strong pitching staff.
Many handicappers expected San Francisco to go through a rough transition without Molina guiding the pitchers but that has not been the case as the Giants are one of the hottest teams with the baseball odds heading into the stretch run.
San Francisco was the top scoring team in the National League for July as Posey hit .417.
Another key MLB betting asset was Aubrey Huff has emerged to become one of the team leaders in all four major offensive categories while Pat Burrell has resurrected his career after being kicked to the curb by Tampa Bay.
Burrell was hitting around the .280 mark with 7 round trippers since joining the Giants in mid-June.
Andres Torres was yet another weapon with 11 home runs, 44 runs batted in, 19 stolen bases and an average near .290.