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World Series Betting Preview: Rangers Favored To Finally Win

The Texas Rangers have been the best team in the American League for two years now. After a second consecutive American League pennant, the Rangers have shown that it is them, and not the Yankees or Red Sox that has the current model for success in the senior circuit.

One thing Texas does not have, however, is bragging rights over the National league. The Rangers have never won a World Series championship, losing last year to San Francisco in what some analysts believed was an upset. This year, the Rangers are again the betting favorites heading into the Fall Classic.

Texas has been installed as small betting favorites for the series that starts tonight in St. Louis. The Rangers have odds of -155 at most Las Vegas sports books. The Cardinals return odds of +135 to capture another title. Every couple of years, the Cardinals find themselves in the midst of a championship run. That, up until last year, has not been the case for the Rangers.

Pitching is always the part of the game that analysts turn to when dissecting a World Series. Last year, it was dominant pitching from the Giants that carried San Francisco to the title. This season, it is the Rangers that seem to have the edge on the mound. C.J. Wilson is considered by most to be the best starting pitcher in the series, and the Rangers bullpen has been lights out since making a couple of trades before the deadline.

On the offensive side of the ball, Texas has one of the most potent lineups in baseball. Their number nine hitter has an average over .300. The Cardinals can match the Rangers with the bats, having a solid order from top to bottom, led by Albert Pujols, Lance Berkman, and Matt Holliday.

The game one starters are Wilson and Chris Carpenter. Texas is a slight underdog in game one, with odds of -105. The Cardinals have odds of -115, and the total for the game is eight.

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