MLB gambling handicappers are also intrigued with a San Francisco Giants team that has plenty of pitching and MLB betting momentum heading in to the post season.
The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves will meet in the best of five National League Division Series starting on Thursday in San Francisco. The series will move to Atlanta for games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Monday and then back to San Francisco for a game 5 on Wednesday if necessary.
The Atlanta Braves are the National League Wild Card team after going 91-71 this year. The Braves struggled with the MLB odds on the road as they went 35-46. Atlanta ranked 13th in run production this year and 3rd for staff earned run average although 16th for quality starts.
The offense does not have a lot of punch as the leading home run hitter was Brian McCann with 21. Leading hitter Omar Infante had just 15 doubles and 8 home runs. Pitching is what got the Braves this far as Tim Hudson led the starting staff with a 2.83 earned run average and a record of 17-9.
Billy Wagner was ace out of the bullpen with a 1.43 earned run average and 37 saves.
The San Francisco Giants had a record of 92-70 with the MLB lines as they won the National League West Division. San Francisco ranks 17th in run production and number one in the majors for staff earned run average.
The Giants went 49-32 at home this year. Aubrey Huff leads the lineup as he hit .290 with 35 doubles, 26 home runs and 86 runs batted in. Much like the Braves it is pitching that is the strength of the team. Jonathan Sanchez was 13-9 with a 3.07 earned run average while Matt Cain was 13-11 with a 3.14 earned run average.
Tim Lincecum was the top winner with a mark of 16-10 and a 3.43 earned run average. Brain Wilson is another key MLB gambling asset for San Francisco as he had 48 saves and a 1.81 earned run average.
San Francisco has won 6 out of their last 7 home games against Atlanta and the Braves have lost 5 out of their last 7 Divisional Playoff road games.