The San Francisco Giants are one of the ‘biggest’ names in Major League Baseball, but they are also one of the oldest, originating in 1883 as the New York Gothams. Having moved to San Francisco in 1958, they became one of the most prominent franchises in MLB and are one of the oldest professional baseball teams in existence. They’ve won more games than anyone else in American baseball history and have been part of the National League’s West Division since 1969. Success is a huge part of their folklore.
The Giants have won 23 National League pennants and appeared in 20 World Series, both of which constitute a record.
The Giants are more than a historical club, with three of their eight World Series wins coming in the last six seasons. Having won the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014, can they continue the sequence and win in 2016? Let’s take a look at what makes the Giants a huge presence not just in the National League but in the sport in general.
One of the quirks of what is a hugely popular team is how often they have moved homes. From their first stay at ‘Polo Grounds’ in 1883 to their current home of the AT&T Park, where they have been for 15 years, The Giants have played their home games at nine different stadiums. In that time, they have won National League Pennants 23 times, a MLB record.
With the most players ever in Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, they enjoy a healthy rivalry with every MLB team. But their main rivals are undoubtedly the L.A. Dodgers and from the East Coast to the West, it is a rivalry that has lasted decades, despite countless changes of managers and players. In modern times, The Oakland Athletics are fierce rivals of the Giants, too.
One of The Giants’ memorable World Series victories was the infamous ‘Shot Heard ‘Round the World’ in 1951, as The Giants hauled back a 13-run defecit to the L.A. Dodgers with Bobby Thomsson’s walk-off home-run in the ninth inning sealing a remarkable comeback victory.
While 2015 saw The Giants endure their longest modern-day losing streak at AT&T Park (nine games) and miss the playoffs after their first under-90 win season in the modern era, 2016 sees them back at the plate with renewed hope, determined to wrestle the West Division title away from the L.A. Dodgers, who have taken the pennant the past three seasons. Will The Giants stand tall in 2016?
San Francisco Giants Next Regular Season Game
The San Francisco Giants play their home games at AT&T Park in ‘San Fran’, but whether they’re at home or on the road, The Giants will prove a match for anybody.
San Francisco Giants Game Schedule
The 2016 MLB season will see The Giants push for the National League West Division pennant so check out the calendar to see when they next play.
What Are The Current San Francisco Giants Standings
Having won the National League West Division a record number of times, many fans would love to see The Giants reclaim the title after seeing the L.A. Dodgers take the last three pennants.
Can The San Francisco Giants win it back before going all the way to the World Series final?
San Francisco Giants Online Betting Tips
The Giants are heavily-backed for the 2016 World Series title, having won the trophy in 2010, 2012 and 2014. It’s a golden sequence that pre-season additions have suggested San Francisco are desperate to maintain, with Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto both making their way to The Giants.
Having gone from +1600 to +800 on the moneyline in pre-season, we like The Giants to win another West Division pennant ahead of the L.A. Dodgers.
But while a bet on The Giants to take the World Series is a decent futures bet, taking the over 7.5 line in all regular season games against teams other than The Dodgers will set you on the right path. Check out some highlights from a difficult 2015 regular season right here:
Where Can I Bet On San Francisco Giants Online
Pick your favorite sportsbook from the list below and you’ll be ready to bet on the Giants.