As you may have heard, the Giants notched their 100th win of the season Friday night, maintaining a one-game lead over the division-rival Dodgers (winners of last year’s World Series) in the race for MLB’s top record. It marked quite a milestone for the Giants, who hadn’t reached the century mark in wins since 2003, when they hit 100 right on the button.
Not only are the Giants headed back to October for the first time in five years, but they’re making a mockery of Vegas, defying oddsmakers at every turn. How low were expectations heading into 2021? That depends on what sportsbook you place bets with, though virtually all had San Francisco winning 73-76 games, making them a playoff afterthought and a longshot to even reach .500. DraftKings pegged them for 75.5 wins, well below Washington (84.5) and Minnesota (88.5), both of whom were eliminated weeks ago. BetMGM was equally pessimistic about San Francisco’s chances (also 75.5) while the handicappers at William Hill (now Caesars Sportsbook) painted an even bleaker picture, setting the over/under for Giants wins at a pedestrian 74.5.