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Giants are Built to Win in 2016

San Francisco Giants

After winning the World Series in 2014, the Giants regressed in 2015. That’s nothing a truck load of cash can’t help though as the team retooled in a big way in the offseason. As a result, they have the second best odds in the bigs at winning the World Series.

Online shop Bovada has the Giants tabbed at +800 to win the World Series, trailing only the heavily favored Cubs (+400). San Fran will look to continue a trend that’s seen them win the World Series every second year since 2010.

In National League Pennant markets, the Giants’ odds sit at +550, tied for second on the list with the Dodgers and Mets. The Giants franchise has captured a record 23 NL Pennants, which includes four since 2002.

The NL West is expected to be one of the toughest divisions in baseball, and the Giants are slight favorites at +115 with the Dodgers breathing down their neck at +150. Adding the revamp Diamondbacks (+300) to the equation means the Giants will have their work cut out for them. The Giants have finished second in the division for two straight years, and it’s worth noting that over the last 20 seasons, second place teams moved to first place the next season on 28 occasions (23% of the time).

The Giants OVER/UNDER win total sits at 89.5, good enough for a tie for second highest on the list with the Mets, and for some reason, the Washington Nationals. The Giants last topped the 89.5 win mark in 2012, and have gone over the number seven times since 2000. In three straight years as NL West champs, the Dodgers have averaged 92.6 wins, so if you like the Giants to win the division, it makes sense to take the OVER on their win total as well. Also of note, the Giants won’t be helped in interleague play this season, as the NL West is lined up with an equally tough division — the AL East.

Those who are scoffing at the signing of Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija based on their below average results last season pitching in the American League might want to think again as both pitchers put up much better numbers when they were previously in the National League. Cueto, in particular, has a lifetime 3.21 ERA with 7.5 strikeouts over nine innings in the NL, compared to a 4.76 ERA and 6.2 K/9 in his time with the Royals. As a perennial Cy Young candidate as the Reds’ ace, Cueto’s numbers were on par or better than those of staff ace Madison Bumgarner, making for a great 1-2 punch at the top of their rotation.

The rebuilt rotation, combined with perhaps the best infield in the game and championship experience should put the Giants near or at the top of your list of top contenders in 2016.

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2016 San francisco giants Futures Odds
World Series+800
National League Pennant+550
National League West+115
Win Totals89.5

Odds as of April 1 at Bovada