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MLB: Braves favored over fading Phillies
2010-06-01

A masterful pitching performance over the weekend briefly masked the Philadelphia Phillies’ troubles, but right now the reigning N Apuestas Deportivas Online Bingo Online Bingo Rooms Play Bingo online L champs are far from perfect. The Phillies have scored 10 runs in their last nine games while ceding first place to the Braves. Tim Hudson will look to add to Philadelphia’s misery while extending Atlanta’s winning streak to seven Tuesday night at Turner Field. The hosts are -131 favorites according to Sportsbook.com.

Roy Halladay’s perfect game Saturday night at Florida stole the major league spotlight, but the Phillies’ prolonged offensive drought is becoming a big story in its own right.

Philadelphia (28-22, -3.2 units) hit .187, totaled 10 runs and delivered just one homer in going 2-7 to end May, and it’s surprising ineptitude caught up with it in the standings Monday. Chipper Jones and Troy Glaus homered as the Braves (29-22, +3.4) cruised to a 9-3 win and took over first place in the NL East.

The Phillies hadn’t been out of first place since May 1. “Frustrated? Yes, we’re frustrated,” said left fielder Raul Ibanez, whose team is 5-14 after five straight games where they had less than 10 hits. “But we’re not down. This is a team of guys that are going to fight and scratch and claw.”

Jones, a .340 career hitter versus Philadelphia who has more homers against the Phillies (44) than anyone, doesn’t believe the slump will last much longer. “At some point they’re going to break out of it,” Jones said. “You just hope it’s not against you. We’ve been fortunate.”

The Braves’ six-game winning streak is their longest since a pair of seven-game runs in September and has been victorious in 16 of last 20 overall. Hudson (5-1, 2.24 ERA, 1.135 WHIP) seems like an ideal candidate to continue holding Philadelphia’s powerful lineup at bay.

Yet Hudson’s experience in recent years against the Phillies suggest it may be his own offense who has a rocky day at the plate. The right-hander is 0-5 with a 4.01 ERA in his last nine starts versus Philadelphia, as Atlanta has backed him with an average of only 1.70 runs of support.

Hudson gave up two runs over six innings when the Phillies visited April 21, but got no help in a 2-0 loss. The former Oakland A’s hurler is 1-6 at Turner Field of late against teams with a winning record. (Braves record) That’s the only time the former 20-game winner has suffered a defeat in 2010. Hudson finished May 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA, though a rain delay cost him a win Thursday at Florida, as he didn’t return despite holding a 3-2 lead after four innings.

The best bet to help the Phillies emerge from their slump might be Ryan Howard, even though he’s 4 for 31 (.129) over his past nine games. The 2006 NL MVP is a .361 (13 for 36) hitter with five homers and eight walks against Hudson. Nevertheless the Phils are 14-23 with an on-base percentage of .285 or worse in their last five outings.

The 2008 World Series MVP, meanwhile, had a rather impressive past month. Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.82, 1.414) was 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in May, though he fell victim to Philadelphia’s offensive struggles Thursday. Hamels held the New York Mets to two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 3-0 loss.

The left-hander gave up three runs over five innings in a 5-3 home win over Atlanta on May 9, but beating the Braves is nothing new to Hamels. Since losing his first two outings versus Atlanta, he’s 8-2 with a 3.70 ERA in 13 starts. Hamels has not been the streak-stopper his team needs and is 9-14 after a loss over the last two seasons. (Phillies Record) He hasn’t had an easy time with the entire Braves’ roster, however. Jones is 9 for 22 (.409) against Hamels, while Brian McCann is 11 for 32 (.344). Twelve of their 20 hits have been for extra bases.

Sportsbook.com has Atlanta as -131 money line favorites to stay hot with total of 7.5. The Bravos are 17-4 as home favorites in 2010 and 16-4 UNDER after batting .290 or better over a 20-game span since 2008. Despite offensive woes, Philadelphia is 22-9 in road games vs. NL teams scoring 4.8 or more runs a game since last season and is 24-10 UNDER in visiting gray uniforms after two or more consecutive losses.

ESPN will have Game 2 of this NL East conflict with the teams having split four in Atlanta this season, but Philadelphia 15-7 the last three years in Georgia. The StatFox Power Line shows Atlanta -135, thus a very sharp price is set up for this contest. Where’s the value?


MLB: Red Sox and Angels ALDS Betting Preview
2009-10-07

The Red Sox and Angles will be the last teams to start up their divisional series, giving bettors at least an extra day to prepare for all the exiciting wagering opportunities available. Right now, you can bet on each game, side and total, the series, including exact game props, plus numerous other player and team options at Sportsbook.com. Read on for a preview of the Boston-Los Angeles series, then head over to the LIVE ODDS page to analyze the options.

As if the postseason isn’t enough motivation, the Los Angeles Angels have a score to settle. The Angels had the second best record in the American League and that accomplishment means nothings to oddsmakers. The Halos are underdogs to Boston, since in the last five years; they have one win in 10 meetings with the Red Sox in the postseason. This can’t even be described as a rivalry since the outcomes have been so one-sided.

How will this year be any different than the last three times? Los Angeles feels better equipped offensively this time around. Only the Yankees scored more runs than the Angels in baseball this season. The 5.5 runs per game and boost in power (183 home runs) gives them the belief they are less likely to be stymied like in the past, since they have averaged 2.9 runs per game in last 10 postseason conflicts.

The Angels also believe their starting pitching is every bit as good as Boston’s, maybe better. John Lackey and Jered Weaver have experience and generally pitch well at home. When they travel to Boston, Scott Kazmir and Joe Saunders will try and make life tough on Red Sox hitters, as both are throwing extremely well of late.

In theory that all sound terrific, one problem, the Angels bullpen. Though Los Angeles has a higher save percentage than Boston (73 to 69 percent), nobody is going to take the Halos pen over the BoSox. Closer Brian Fuentes just recently went under four (3.93) for his ERA for the first time this season. The Angels are 11th in bullpen ERA compared to Boston’s second place finish in the American League. According to ESPN senior editor Dave Schoenfield, only three teams since 1969 have won the World Series with a closer who had ERA greater than three.

Boston has John Papelbon (1.85 ERA) as its closer and teams that have inferior closer, but better overall record are 26-28 in the division series. The lower scoring team is 32-22 in this round and the club with the better bullpen ERA wins 58.9 percent of the time (33-23) in divisional series.

Total the numbers and you can see why the Angels are underdogs in the ALDS. For Los Angeles to win they have to score runs and HOPE the bullpen can shutdown Boston bats. If the Red Sox starters once again limit L.A. in the run column, it will be like watching the TV Land; you’ve seen this show before.

Offensive – American League
Runs scored Boston 3rd Angels 2nd
Home Runs Boston 3rd Angels 8th
Slugging Pct. Boston 2nd Angels 4th
Walks Boston 2nd Angels 7th
On base Pct. Boston 2nd Angels 3rd

Pitching & Defense
ERA Boston 7th Angels 9th
Bullpen ERA Boston 2nd Angels 11th
Strikeouts Boston 2nd Angels 9th
Walks Boston 6th Angels 5th
On base Pct. Boston 8th Angels 10th
Putouts Boston 8th Angels 5th
Errors Boston 3rd Angels 4th

Key Numbers- Los Angeles won the season series 5-4, including 4-2 at the Big A. The tone of the series is likely to be set in the series opener. John Lackey is living off history as big game pitcher, having last won in his rookie season of 2002, pitching in the postseason. Lester allowed one run in 14 innings last October against the Halos and the lefty and teammates are 35-12 in the second half of the season over the last two seasons. Though several factors are in the Red Sox favor, they are desultory 3-15 in road games when playing against a team with a winning record in the second half of the season.

Sportsbook.com Series Odds: Red Sox -135, Angels +115


MLB Series Betting- St. Louis at Philadelphia
2009-07-24

The last time the Philadelphia Phillies were playing this well, they were on their way to a World Series title. The Phillies are working on a third consecutive NL East division title, having won 15 of last 17 games. Philadelphia (54-39, +8.5 units) is the most offensive team in the National League scoring 5.4 runs per game. The have great diversity, being able to get runners on base and stealing bases to keep the opposing pitcher and defense on edge. If they trail in a contest, the batting order is loaded with big boppers who can help them come from behind. (Baseball bettors always review the LIVE ODDS, BETTING TRENDS, and TEAM STATISTICS pages every single day.)


St. Louis (52-46, -1.2 units) was able to help itself out of mini-slump like many have before them by beating Washington in a rain-shorten makeup game Thursday. The Cardinals are just 4-6 in last 10 games and have seen NL Central lead diminish to 1.5 games. They arrive in the City of Brotherly Love 5-12 vs. NL teams scoring 4.8 or more runs a game on the season.

J.A. Happ (7-0 2.68 ERA) will be the opening game starter for the Phillies, which could be his last based on circulating reports. Happ is the main piece Toronto would want in return for Roy Halladay trade and why not. Happ is 26-year old lefthander, has posted 5-0 record since going into the rotation in late May and over his last five outings, he is 3-0 with a 1.46 ERA, with 24 strikeouts and five walks in 37 innings. Philadelphia is -135 money line favorite at Sportsbook.com, with total of U9. The Phils come into Friday’s tilt 42-20 having won four of their last five games.

St. Louis will attempt to build on Thursday’s victory and might start their newest member, Julio Lugo at shortstop. Lugo was acquired from Boston for outfielder Chris Duncan and is thought as offensive sparkplug to ignite Cards offense which is eighth in the NL in runs scored. Joel Pineiro (8-9, 3.09) has mediocre record, yet has pitched well as ERA indicates. Though not a strikeout pitcher, Pineiro has kept the ball down and has not been taken out of the yard like in the past. Nevertheless, he and Cardinals are 7-17 after a win.

Game 1 Edge: Philadelphia

Game 2 will be Fox late afternoon affair. Philadelphia started this series 38-20 playing against a team with a winning record in the second half the last two years and will entrust Rodrigo Lopez (2-0, 2.60) with another start. Lopez’s spot in the rotation is also in jeopardy with Pedro Martinez not far away from coming off the DL. The 33-year old Lopez has at least shown he should be part of the Phillies pitching staff and could spot start or be used in long relief for a team that has won 12 of last 14 home games.

Manager Tony LaRussa will turn to Kyle Lohse (4-6, 4.21) to cool down Philly. Lohse was roughed up on July 12th after coming off the DL by the Cubs, however turned in a more typical performance, pitching seven innings and allowing three runs against Houston his last time out. The situation definitely favors Charley Manuel’s squad since Lohse and the Cards are 1-10 when he starts on the road.

Game 2 Edge: St. Louis

The series finale has the Cardinals turning to Todd Wellemeyer (7-8, 5.68), which has not been a suitable option for awhile for a team in a pennant race. Wellemeyer has ERA over 6.5 in his last eight starts. He’s been hit hard, with right-hand batters hitting .301 and lefties crushing him with .340 average. Joe Blanton (6-4, 4.24) of Philadelphia has been just the opposite. After a slow beginning to the season, Blanton is 4-1 with 2.43 ERA since May 21, which covers 10 starts. Blanton has no magical reason why he’s pitched so well. “It's a little more quality pitches, maybe," Blanton said. "Maybe my changeup has come around lately. My sinker is down instead of flat and over the plate, and that always helps. Other than that, I'm just trying to pitch." This Sunday contest is afternoon game and the Phillies came in 18-10 in day ball, compared to the Redbirds 20-17 mark.

Game 3 Edge: Philadelphia

Since I’ve done so poorly picking these series, brought in a guest expert and they’ve been 2-0 this season. Red Wydley has this to say about who wins this series of division leaders. “Philadelphia wins handily, with a sweep possible. The Phillies are scoring 6.4 runs in last 17 games; the Cards have tallied more than five runs twice in last 10. Philadelphia is playing before packed houses every night and has caught fire at home winning 12 of 14. Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan should go into Hall of Fame the way he figures out how to maximize pitchers, but I’ll still take the Phillies relievers late in games. The ONLY way St. Louis wins this series is if Albert (Pujols) the Great hits .500 with four dingers. Philly, no problem.”
Sportsbook.com series odds: St. Louis +140, Philadelphia -180
StatFox Edge Pick: Philadelphia