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World Series Betting Review

The Giants have shaken the monkey of 56 years off their back and now wear the title of World Champions – and they did it as +110 series underdogs.

Edgar Renteria went deep for a three-run home run in leading the Giants in the series-clinching 3-1 victory in Game 5 over the Texas Rangers on Monday. He also did the same in his other World Series victory, when he drove in the winning run for the Florida Marlins in 1997. Renteria batted .412 in the series and collected the MVP award for his heroics.

The Giants' pitching staff was nothing less than spectacular, shutting out their opponents twice in five games. Tim Lincecum won both Game 1 and Game 5, tossing eight terrific innings and allowing just three hits with 10 strikeouts in the finale. Matt Cain was dominating in helping shut down the Rangers in Game 2, and 21-year-old rookie hurler Madison Bumgarner tossed a shutout in Game 4.

Manager Bruce Bochy referred to his team earlier in the postseason as “castoffs and misfits.” After all, no Giants player was even in the Top 10 of any statistical category this season. It wasn’t just Renteria, either. Cody Ross, Juan Uribe, Aubrey Huff, and Freddy Sanchez all had key hits to help advance the Giants past the Braves and Phillies. As well, rookie catcher Buster Posey, who like Bumgarner was playing “A” ball in Fresno to begin the year, batted .288 with 17 hits and five RBI over the course of the postseason. The tandem of Posey and Bumgarner will be around a long time.

At Bovada San Francisco is listed at +1000 odds to repeat as World Series champions in 2011. Leading the list as favorites for next year are the Yankees at +400, followed by the Phillies at +600, and the Red Sox at +700. If you really want to go with a huge underdog, then the choice is Pittsburgh at +15000. Some teams with good value to win the 2011 World Series are Cincinnati and Minnesota, each at +1600; both teams were in this year’s playoffs and could get over the hump next season.