Giant swing

Oct 22, 2002 5:44 AM

   With the Angels and Giants splitting the first two games in Anaheim, the adjusted World Series prices have the Giants slight favorites to win it all.

   San Francisco is assured of hosting the next three games the best 4-of-7 series tied 1-1. We’re still sticking with our prediction of San Francisco to win in seven games.

   That preference was based, in large part, on an edge in starting pitching enjoyed by the Giants. Both teams have excellent bullpens. Despite what we witnessed in Anaheim’s 11-10 victory in Game 2, the UNDER should prevail during the remainder of the series.

   The Angels are still worth a play the next time Jarrod Washburn starts, likely Game 5 on Thursday. If the Angels are facing elimination, then Washburn should be played only if made the underdog. If the series is tied or the Angels lead 3-1, then Washburn can be played as a favorite up to -120.

   If the Giants are facing elimination, we are likely to get the Angels as an underdog. Should the series return to Anaheim for Games 6 or 7, the Giants are worth playing if not favored by more than -125.

   Quite likely the Angels would be favored in Game 6, if trailing 3-2. If the Giants are leading by that margin, a Game 6 might have the Angels favored. That situation provides excellent value on the Giants, which figure to have the edge in the starting pitcher.

   Barry Bonds continues to make a case for being the best ballplayer of all-time with his newfound postseason exploits.

   For years Bonds was subjected to the criticism that he performed poorly in the playoffs, dating back to his early career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  But he should have silenced all critics with his performance this season against Atlanta, St Louis and now Anaheim.

   It can be debated whether Bonds is the best player to ever play the game, but his name certainly has to be in the discussion. It may be different eras and standards, but Bonds is clearly at the top of his generation.