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San Francisco Pass 100 Wins: Back the Giants to Secure World Series Crown

The San Francisco Giants have continued their hugely impressive run in the MLB season and have become the first team to rack up 100 wins this season. It’s only the eighth time the Giants have surpassed the milestone and did so with a 7-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.

The Giants are in a rich vein of form and will now be pushing onwards for an unexpected World Series spot. The Oracle Park side hasn’t secured a 100 win season since 2003, after which they stumbled out of playoffs with a National League Division Series defeat to the Florida Marlins.

When it comes to the 2021 World Series betting, the Giants have swung in from opening odds of (+8000) all the way down to (+500) and sit second to long-time favorites the Los Angeles Dodgers (+310). Clearly, there will have been some who got in on the betting some months ago, most likely ardent Giants fans, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth backing San Francisco now.

The Giants have certainly gone beyond many pundits' expectations, and most believe the reason for the uptick in form lies in their experienced roster that had initially been considered ‘past it.’

This is only the fourth time the Giants have hit the 100 win total since their move from New York in the late 1950s, and they’ll want to keep the run going so that they can secure a first divisional crown since 2012.

What is perhaps most refreshing is the genuine sense of surprise and pride voiced by the players in Gabe Kapler’s roster.

“It’s a huge accomplishment, a huge benchmark that I’ve never gotten to on a Giants team, It’s very cool, and I mean, obviously going into the season, nobody really expected that. But I think with how we’ve played all year, it’s really not that surprising.” stated shortstop Brandon Crawford.

Kapler is keen for his Giants’ side not to get complacent and is aiming for continued success, stating;

“We knew our division was extraordinarily talented and obviously in spring training, everybody was talking about and rightfully so, the Dodgers and the Padres and the talent they had acquired both through player development and also through trades and free agency, But I think we also knew that we were a talented group and our veteran players set the tone. They said the goal was to win the division, it wasn’t to sneak into the playoffs, and I think that goal remains to this day obviously.”

The Giants will want to keep ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West picture, therefore avoiding a tricky wild-card playoff. Kapler knows his team needs to get around 106 wins in the regular season to help push on into the playoff picture.

This season’s success is all the more impressive when you consider that last term the Giants finished with a losing record for the fourth season in a row but things are clearly moving in the right direction for the Orange and Black.