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Las Vegas Sports Books Gearing Up For Familiarity In MLB Playoffs

Las Vegas sports books have started to compile their betting odds for the Major League Baseball playoffs, and this year it appears as though the odds makers will have the advantage over gamblers with familiar teams headed for the postseason.

Last year, odds makers made out in the playoffs when the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers shocked the favorites in their respective leagues. The Rangers and Giants met in the World Series, and the Giants won the title with the longest odds of the playoff teams.

This season, the Giants will not be sneaking up on any gamblers. San Francisco is leading the National League West, and again have one of the strongest pitching staffs in baseball. The starters are led by Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez. In the bullpen, Brian Wilson is considered one of the top closers in the game.

While the Giants are the defending World Series champions, they are not the betting favorite to repeat. The Philadelphia Phillies have that distinction, and after picking up Hunter Pence before the trade deadline, Philadelphia is now a heavy betting favorite to win not only the NL East, but also the NL Pennant.

Milwaukee has opened up their lead in the NL Central, despite losing Rickie Weeks to an injury several weeks ago. The Brewers could receive a challenge from the St. Louis Cardinals or the defending division champs, the Cincinnati Reds.

Atlanta has a comfortable lead in the NL wild card lead. If all of the teams that lead either the division or the wild card make the playoffs, only two teams will be different than last year. Although Philly and San Francisco are favored, the Braves and Brewers both have enough talent to capture the conference.

In the American League, the Yankees, Red Sox, and Rangers all are on pace to cruise into the playoffs. The only division still up for grabs is the AL Central, where Detroit has the lead, with Cleveland and Chicago within striking distance.

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