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NLCS Game: Phillies facing elimination, Giants look to advance 2010-10-21
Sportsbook.com Phillies vs. Giants Betting Odds: Philadelphia -123, San Francisco +113 Total: 5.5
Coming into the year, Roy Halladay (21-10, 2.44 ERA) had never pitched in a postseason game. Thursday he starts the biggest game of his career as the Phillies try to stave off elimination and send the series back to Philadelphia. Tim Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA) goes for San Francisco in what becomes a rematch of Game 1, a 4-3 Giants victory.
San Francisco tagged Halladay for four runs on eight hits, including two home runs in the series opener. The loss dropped Halladay to 0-3 lifetime against San Francisco. His ERA against the Giants now stands at 6.66 and his WHIP is a hefty 1.48. It was Halladayís first loss since August 30, breaking up a streak of six consecutive wins. The right-hander pitched well on the road this year, going 10-5 with a 2.57 ERA. With the total posted at just 5.5, itís interesting to note that only one of Halladayís last seven starts have gone under the total (five over, one push).
Lincecum comes into the matchup after picking up the win in Game 1, giving up three runs on six hits over seven innings. He allowed two home runs for just the second time this year. With the win, Lincecum is now 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA over his last three starts. Including the postseason, he is 10-7 with a 3.40 ERA at home this year. The Game 1 victory improved his career record against Philadelphia to 3-1. His ERA in those starts in 3.09 with a WHIP of 1.03.
If you are a believer in MLB betting trends there are plenty that favor San Francisco tonight, including:
Play On - Home underdogs with a money line of +100 or higher (SAN FRANCISCO) - cold hitting team - batting .240 or worse over their last 10 games against opponent with a hot starting pitcher- ERA less than 2.50 over his last 3 starts. (112-87 over the last 5 seasons.) (56.3%, +55.3 units. Rating = 3*).
Play On - Home teams (SAN FRANCISCO) - with a starting pitcher whose ERA is 3.70 or better on the season (NL) against opponent with a starting pitcher whose WHIP is 1.050 or better on the season-NL. (172-99 since 1997.) (63.5%, +77.4 units. Rating = 3*).
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MLB: Run line underdog parlay looks promising2010-07-20
If you donít mind backing a couple of teams buried at the bottom of their respective divisions, there is a promising run line underdog parlay on Monday nightís baseball betting board. According to a 42-8 system from FoxSheets, both the Mariners and Orioles have a good shot at making things interesting at home against teams currently in the playoff hunt. Letís take a look at the system and how both teams might take advantage. For the latest prices and other key betting info, visit the GAME MATCHUPS page on Sportsbook.com.
Here is the key system under consideration:
ē Play On - Home underdogs against a 1.5 run line (BALTIMORE & SEATTLE) - below average AL hitting teams (AVG <=.265) against teams with a good bullpen (ERA <=3.75), in July games. (42-8 over the last 5 seasons.) (84.0%, +31.7 units. Rating=4*). The situation's record this season is: (5-0 +5 units).
As you can see, this powerful angle is already 5-0 in 2010, giving bettors a great opportunity to play either, both, or parlay the two qualifying clubs on Monday night. Hereís a quick preview of both games.
Tampa Bay (55-35) at Baltimore (29-61), 7:05 p.m. EDT
Money Line: Tampa Bay -180
Facing the team with the worst record in the majors might help Tampa Bay bounce back from a losing series against the club with the best. The Rays hope to do so while trying for a fifth straight road win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Tampa Bay (55-36) missed its chance to gain ground on AL East-leading New York by losing two of three to the Yankees over the weekend. Despite being three games behind New York, the Rays have won 11 of 15 overall and hope a visit to Baltimore will help them regain some momentum.
The Rays have won nine of 11 against the Orioles (29-62), including five of six this season. Tampa Bay swept a three-game set at Baltimore from April 12-14.
The Rays hope Wade Davis (6-9, 4.69 ERA) can continue his success against the Orioles while trying to build on his first victory since May 29. Davis, 0-5 with a 6.32 ERA in his previous six starts, allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings of a 5-2 win over Cleveland on July 8.
The right-hander has allowed one run while striking out 13 in 16 innings to win both of his career starts against the Orioles. Davis recorded his only complete game by yielding four hits and striking out 10 in a 3-0 win at Baltimore on Sept. 17.
After being swept at home by Toronto, the Orioles counter with Chris Tillman (1-3, 5.64) as he tries to follow up the best outing of his young career.
In his return from Triple-A Norfolk, Tillman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and outpitched Cliff Lee in his Rangers debut, allowing one unearned run and two hits in 7 1-3 innings of a 6-1 win at Texas on July 10. The 21-year-old Tillman had an 8.40 ERA in his previous four starts this season.
Chicago (50-40) at Seattle (35-56), 10:10 p.m. EDT
Money Line: Chicago -115
Mired in their worst losing stretch in three months, the AL Central-leading White Sox look to avoid a fourth straight defeat Monday night against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Chicago (50-41) is 26-5 since June 9, and had won nine a row before dropping the final three of a four-game series at Minnesota. The White Sox blew a three-run, ninth-inning lead in a 7-6 loss Sunday. Chicago, which has a 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota and Detroit, has not lost four straight since April 15-18.
Facing Seattle (39-56) could help the White Sox get back on track. Though the Mariners snapped a four-game skid with a 2-1, 10-inning victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, they are 3-12 in July and dropped three one-run games at Chicago from April 23-25.
Seattle is batting .220 and averaging 2.8 runs this month.
Chicago rookie Daniel Hudson (0-0, 11.25 ERA) makes his second start of the season and first ever against Seattle. The Mariners counter with David Pauley (0-1, 1.00), who will face the White Sox for the first time.
MLB: Phillies and Dodgers NLCS Betting Preview2009-10-16
The 2009 National League Championship Series is a rematch of the 2008 version, and for this year, it is the Dodgers that are expected to avenge their loss and bring the pennant back to Los Angeles. They are a -120 series favorite at Sportsbook.com. Of course, there are also numerous other team, player, game & series betting options to consider. Read on for a preview of the NLCS then head on over to the LIVE ODDS page to examine all the available wagering opportunities.
The Los Angeles Dodgers were dismissed in five games by the eventual World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies last October and believe they have advantages 12 months later in their favor. Though the Dodgers lack a true No.1 ace, manager Joe Torre is confident he can matchup with the Phillies better by mixing and matching to situations and still have added depth to turn to a pitcher that was a starter during the regular season if his chosen starter struggles early.
In last yearís NLCS, Los Angeles started five right-hand pitchers. Expect to see lefties Clayton Kershaw and Randy Wolf in the first four games as starting pitchers to hopefully combat Philly sluggers Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Torre is still contemplating who the other starters will be, but rest assured he will put Los Angeles in the best position to win the series based on his history.
On offense, a yearís experience should be invaluable to L.A. Last year they were loose in sweeping the Cubs, but everyone but Manny Ramirez puckered up once the next round came about. Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp are the two most likely keys for the Dodgers offense; however the bottom of the order can also play an important role and Torre likes the experience from players like Casey Blake to deliver.
This is the Dodgers eighth NLCS and first back-to-back in 31 years. Ironically, exactly half of their appearances in this round of the postseason have been against Philadelphia.
The Phillies are looking to make a historical statement with visions of becoming the first NL team to win back-to-back World Series since the 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds. Philadelphia in fact is the first National League team to make consecutive appearances in the NLCS since Atlanta in 1995-96. Itís hard to fathom the Phillies will shutdown like St. Louis did against the Dodgers in the first round, since they led the league in home runs, scoring and most extra bases hits. The quartet of Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, Howard and Utley were the first group of Phillies to hit 30 or more home runs in a season.
Look for Cole Hamels to be the Game 1 starter. Though the lefty has not been nearly as effective as last season, heís rested and loves pitching at Dodger Stadium. In three starts in L.A., Hamels has pitched 23 innings, allowing three runs on 15 hits, striking out 17 and walking just five batters. In his career he is 4-0 with a 1.64 ERA facing Los Angeles hitters.
Expect manager Charley Manuel to save Cliff Lee for Game 3 at home, which gives him ample rest and also makes him available for Game 7 on normal rest if needed. Manuel will piece together the rest of rotation and expect Chan Ho Park to be added to the bullpen.
Based on the body of work, the Dodgers have distinct edge in the bullpen. Jonathan Broxton and George Sherrill have been lights out for opposing teams for six weeks. Though Brad Lidge picked up two saves in the NLDS, it was out of necessity, not desire. The skipper Manuel had used up all other options in both situations and played the percentages in utilizing Lidge and escaped both times. Has last seasonís most dominant closer regained enough confidence to be called upon again? Only Manuel knows with fingers crossed inside his pockets.
Offensive Ė National League
Runs scored Dodgers 4th Philadelphia 1st
Home Runs Dodgers 11th Philadelphia 1st
Slugging Ptc. Dodgers 7th Philadelphia 1st
Walks Dodgers 4th Philadelphia 7th
On base Ptc. Dodgers 1st Philadelphia 8th
Pitching & Defense
ERA Dodgers 1st Philadelphia 5th
Bullpen ERA Dodgers 1st Philadelphia 9th
Strikeouts Dodgers 2nd Philadelphia 9th
Walks Dodgers 8th Philadelphia 2nd
On base Ptc. Dodgers 1st Philadelphia 7th
Putouts Dodgers 1st Philadelphia 4th
Errors Dodgers 4th Philadelphia 2nd
Key Numbers- The Dodgers won the season series 4-3 and are 9-5 at home against the Phillies and 4-8 in the City of Brotherly Love the last three years. Los Angeles is among the best teams in baseball at home with 52-31 record and is 71-47 against RH starters. Torreís club was only average in games decided by three or less runs with 59-51 record. Though playing in a weak division, the Dodgers are 20-6 vs. NL teams scoring 4.8 or more runs a game on the season. The Phillies were tied with the Angels for the best road record during the regular season at 48-33 and picked up two more wins in Colorado. Conventional wisdom has the Phillies being stymied against left-hand pitching; however a deep and versatile lineup is 29-16 against port-siders. The Phils have been much better in closer contests with a 56-41 record with games decided by three or less runs.
Sportsbook.com Series Odds: Dodgers -120, Phillies Even
MLB: Thursday Baseball is about Trendy Facts2009-07-31
With a dozen encounters on the Major League Baseball docket, the schedule has several afternoon affairs, which doesnít leave much time to snoop around and dig up quality facts. Instead we all have to cut to the chase, make decisions, then keep our fingers crossed we made the right ones. Take a gander at todayís most important games on Thursday. Get the latest key info and betting numbers on the LIVE ODDS, BETTING TRENDS, and TEAM STATISTICS pages.
Double Dip at Citi Field
Because Colorado (54-46, +6.8 units) and the New York Mets (48-51, -3.7 units) were rained out last evening, ďItís letís play twoĒ at Citi Field. The opening game has Johan Santana (11-8, 3-12 ERA) against Jason Hammel (5-5, 4.28), which will be followed by Jonathon Neise (1-0, 4.08) matching pitches with the Rockies Jose De La Rosa (8-7, 4.78). The Mets are in position to make it six straight wins by the end of the day, if they can continue to score runs. The Mets have totaled 29 runs in last four contests, while the normally potent Colorado offense has scored 25 runs in losing four of last six. The Mets are favored in the opener behind Santana, but underdogs in the nightcap. New York has won 20 of 22 against the Rocks at whatever has been home.
Red Sox wasting opportunities
The All-Star break is thought to be a time players can be rejuvenated and prepare for the second half of the season. Unfortunately, Boston (58-42, +1) baseball backers and bettors are waiting impatiently for the Red Sox to return. Since the break, Boston is 4-8, has fallen out of first place in the AL East with a mixture of either poor hitting or poor pitching, depending on the game. Boston will attempt to salvage a series tie with Oakland (43-57, -6.9) this afternoon and are humongous -340 money line favorites at Sportsbook.com, with total Ov9. Among the reasons for Red Sox to be such huge chalk is Jon Lester is 16-1 in home games in the second half of the season over the last three seasons. (Red Sox Record) If you as the sports bettor are looking for the longest of long shots, consider the Aís have averaged 6.9 runs per game in last 10 and are respectable 11-9 as +150 or higher road underdogs.
Cubs try to stay close
The Chicago Cubs (53-46, -2.1) are in hot pursuit of St. Louis for first place it the NL Central and could stay on the Cardinals wing and create distance from third place Houston with a win. After a dismal first half of hitting, the Cubs bats have come alive in the second half, leading the charge for Chicago to win 10 of 13. In those 13 contests, they scored five runs or more 10 times, with Alfonso Soriano and Aramis Ramirez leading the way. The Cubs are -190 home favorites facing Houston retread Russ Ortiz (3-5, 4.75). The Astros (51-50, +1.9) are trying to squeeze whatever they can out of number of elderly starters like Ortiz and they will face a Cubs squad that is 10-0 at Wrigley Field after scoring eight runs or more this season.
Dodgers in the dumps
Los Angeles (62-39, +16) had not lost three games in a row all season and now they have dropped four straight after 3-2 marathon loss. Among the reasons the Dodgers hadnít lost this many games consecutively, they hadnít played in St. Louis (56-48, +1) this season. With last nightís 15-inning defeat, the Dodgers are 0-3 in the series and 2-11 at the newer Busch Stadium. Hiroki Kuroda (3-5, 4.57), will try and change the Dodgers luck, however they are only 26-45 after scoring two runs or less three straight games. Cardinalsí pitchers have allowed three runs in the series and Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.35 ERA) will try to keep L.A. in check, though heís 1-6 with a 5.44 ERA in his last nine starts. The Redbirds are -110 favorites to complete the four game sweep.