A pair of National League pillars will square off against one another this week when the San Francisco Giants play host to the Atlanta Braves in a four-game set. Each lead their respective divisions and have some of the best odds of winning the World Series in baseball.
Just because the two clubs have leapt out of the gates winning ball games however, doesn’t mean they’re on a guaranteed path to the postseason. This is Major League Baseball, after all, in all of its unpredictable glory.
The Braves, for example, may have 17/2 odds on the MLB futures but haven’t won a playoff series since 2001, well before even their streak of 11-straight division titles ended in 2005. The Giants, in contrast, have thrived in recent memory, especially when the calendar flips to October.
With 11/1 odds of winning the World Series (and 11/2 odds of winning the pennant), one has to think that San Francisco is a relative bargain. They have won two of the past three championships, after all, and have largely the same roster intact.
In this series, both the Braves and the betting community alike will look to gauge just how far Atlanta has come after their busy offseason and whether they’re a legitimate threat to live up to their lofty odds. There are few better opportunities to do so than against the reigning champs.