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Giants pay off on World Series futures

The San Francisco Giants entered the baseball playoffs in the middle of the pack at 7/1 odds to win the World Series, but they needed only four games to knock off the Detroit Tigers and win that title over the weekend.

The Giants came back from series deficits in both their first-round series against the Cincinnati Reds and their second-round series against the St. Louis Cardinals, then outscored the Tigers 16-6 over their four World Series victories.

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was named the World Series MVP, hitting .500 over the four games and blasting three home runs for his club in their 8-3 win over Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the best-of-seven set.

The Tigers had entered the 2012 playoffs at 13/2 odds to win the World Series at Bovada, putting them behind the Texas Rangers (9/2), New York Yankees (5/1), Cincinnati Reds (11/2), and Washington Nationals (6/1).

Can Detroit rebound with a World Series win in 2013? They enter the offseason as the 6/1 favorites at Bovada to win the championship next fall, followed by the Yankees at 7/1, and the Giants at 10/1.

The Angels (12/1), Rangers (12/1), Nationals (12/1), Reds (14/1), Phillies (14/1), Cardinals (14/1), and Braves (16/1) are the second tier of contenders on the 2013 World Series odds, with the Los Angeles Dodgers pegged at 18/1 odds.

Odds to Win 2013 World Series at Bovada:

Detroit Tigers 6/1
New York Yankees 7/1
San Francisco Giants 10/1
Los Angeles Angels 12/1
Texas Rangers 12/1
Washington Nationals 12/1
Cincinnati Reds 14/1
Philadelphia Phillies 14/1
St. Louis Cardinals 14/1
Atlanta Braves 16/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 18/1
Tampa Bay Rays 20/1
Boston Red Sox 22/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 25/1
Baltimore Orioles 25/1
Milwaukee Brewers 25/1
Oakland Athletics 25/1
Chicago White Sox 28/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 30/1
Toronto Blue Jays 35/1
Miami Marlins 40/1
New York Mets 40/1
Seattle Mariners 40/1
San Diego Padres 60/1
Minnesota Twins 66/1
Chicago Cubs 75/1
Cleveland Indians 75/1
Colorado Rockies 75/1
Kansas City Royals 75/1
Houston Astros 150/1