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Can the D-Backs Pay Off Once Again on NL West Betting Odds?
After finishing in last place in the National League West with 65 wins in 2010 the Arizona Diamondbacks were a big surprise in 2011 with 94 victories as they claimed that division title. Can the D-Backs come up big for their MLB betting supporters once again in 2012?
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If Arizona does manage to win the NL West title for a second year in a row it won't be at long odds this time around – the Diamondbacks are set at just +200 at Bovada to win their division title this season.
That, however, doesn't make them the favorite on that list, as the Giants are set at +130 on the MLB futures. San Francisco won the NL West with 92 victories in 2010, but slipped to 86 wins in 2011 and missed the playoffs altogether.
Of those two clubs the D-Backs made the biggest signing over the winter, adding former Twins outfielder Jason Kubel with a two-year, $15 million contract. Kubel hit .273 for Minnesota last season with 12 home runs and 58 RBI in just 99 games.
The Dodgers finished third in the NL West in 2011 with 82 wins, and they're third at Bovada at +550 to win the division in 2012. The Rockies, who won 73 games last season, are next at +700 on the odds to win the NL West at Bovada.
And finally the Padres are the +1500 longshot to claim that division title in 2012, and they're coming off a fifth-place campaign in which they won just 71 contests. If San Diego is going to pay off on that wager this year they'll have to pull a worst-to-first turnaround – just like the Diamondbacks did last year.
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