I don’t know how else to say it BetUS MLB gamblers, but from where I’m sitting, the view of this year’s National league Championship Series – and the Odds to win the NLCS - looks a lot like a one-sided affair in favor of the red-hot Philadelphia Phillies who hold a vast edge in postseason experience over the San Francisco Giants heading into their Game 1 matchup on Saturday night.
That’s right baseball betting enthusiasts, while this year’s NLCS could featire some of the best postseason pitching we’ve seen in quite some time, I’m going on record right now to say that the Giants don’t stand much of a chance to cover the National League Odds to win the NLCS this year.
National League Pennant Odds
San Francisco Giants +200
Philadelphia Phillies -260
This sports betting breakdown on the NLCS and all of its possibilities will help avid MLB bettors everywhere make a wise (and hoepfully winning) wager on the highly-anticipated series which features some of the best starting pitchers in all of baseball.
2010 Head-to-Head Record: 3-3
Batting average: Giants .290 - Phillies .226
Home runs: Giants 8 - Phillies 3
RBIs: Giants 26 - Phillies 25
ERA: Giants 4.00 - Phillies 4.50
Strikeouts: Giants 47 - Phillies 49
Walks: Giants 20 - Phillies 10
San Francisco Giants (95-71 SU, 75-84-7 O/U, 82-84 RL)
The Giants went 19-11 in the month of September to win the NL West and dispatched the Atlanta Braves in four games in their NLDS matchup, with each contest being decided by just one run for the first time in MLB postseason history.
The Giants also have one of the best starting rotations in baseball headed up by reigning two-time NL Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum, fellow right-hander Matt Cain and underrated southpaw, Jonathan Sanchez.
Frisco also had one of the best bullpens in the National League this season and led the NL in ERA this year
Philadelphia Phillies (1100-65 SU, 75-87-3 O/U, 83-82 RL)
Philadelphia closed out its regular season schedule as the hottest team in all of baseball, going 27-8 over its last 35 regular season contests before dispatching the Cincinnati Reds with the ‘greatest of ease’ in their National League Division Series showdown just last week.
Philadelphia has an absolutely scary pitching staff featuring three of the best starters in baseball in right-handers Roy Halladay and Roy Oswalt and southpaw, Cole Hamels.
The Phillies are shooting for their third consecutive NL pennant, a feat no team has pulled off since the St. Louis Cardinals accomplished it way back in 1942-44.
Strengths: Philadelphia ranked seventh in scoring this season (4.74 rpg) and ninth in home runs (166) while also ranking sixth in Team ERA (3.68), and eighth in erros (83). Philly had five double-digit home run hitters this season.
San Francisco ranked first in all of baseball in team ERA (3.36), first in strikeouts, fourth in quality starts and just sixth in errors (73).
Weaknesses: Philadelphia had just one .300 hitter this season in power hitting catcher Carlos Ruiz (.302) so, if Frisco can keep them from stringing some clutch hits together, they could have a chance.
The bad news for Giants betting backers is the fact that the team ranked just 17th in scoring (4.0 rpg), 15th in team batting average (.257) and a pitiful 30th in stolen bases (55).
The Breakdown: While the Phils and Giants split their six regular season games evenly with each ballclub winning two out of three at home, I really don’t see the Giants winning this series – or any road games in Philadelphia’s absolutely boisterous Citizen’s Bank Park with the Phillies posting an incendiary 14-3 record in their last 17 playoff home games and unblemished 5-0 mark in their last five LCS home games.
I know the Giants have a fearsome trio of starting pitchers of their own, but they had just one .300 hitter on the roster (rookie catcher Buster Posey) this season and he didn’t arrive until the midway point in the regular season.
I am fully expecting the diffrence in this series to be Philadelphia’s collection of gifted left-handed hitters against Frisco’s top right-handers, Lincecum and Cain.
Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and underrated outfielder Raul Ibanez and swith-hitter Jimmy Rollins should be able to get enough hits to lead their team to victory against both Lincecum and Cain while getting their usual production from right-handed hitters, Jayson Werth, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco and Carlos Ruiz.
In the end, Philly’s equal pitching – and superior hitting, will be what makes the difference in this contest.
I urge the BetUS MLB sports betting community to play the Philadelphia Phillies to beat the San Francisco Giants and cash in against the National league Odds to Win this NLCS Matchup.
Philadelphia Phillies in Five Games
Sources: covers.com, mlb.com, wagertracker.com