The world champion Philadelphia Phillies will travel to the Gulf Coast of Florida to do baseball betting battle with the non-devil Rays of Tampa Bay. And just in case there is anyone looking to bet on baseball in this game that has been crouching in a cave in Waziristan for the past year -it’s a rematch of last year’s World Series.
Baseball betting fans embraced the underdog Rays last year and watched their magical run through the regular season and the bet on baseball post season culminate in a World Series berth. As the entire sportsbook world knows, the Phillies were the victors and deservedly so.
So far in the 2009 baseball betting the Phillies have picked up where they left off and despite a few injuries and some pitching inconsistency this team is once again one of the early bet on baseball favorites to make it to the fall classic. Right now, there are two big injuries that have taken the wind of the team’s baseball betting sails.
Brad Lidge is on the 15-DL, though many bet on baseball fans might actually call that a good thing. The usually solid closer has had a nightmare baseball betting season with 13 saves, but 6 blown saves and an enormous ERA of 7.27. The biggest injury though is that to slugger Raul Ibanez who is having a break out season and is perhaps the best hitter in baseball betting at this very moment. With 22 HRs, 59 RBIs, 51 Runs and a .312 BA, he’s a major part of the team’s baseball betting success and he won’t be back until after the baseball betting All-Star break.
The Rays have not been as fortunate as the NL East leading Phillies and find themselves trailing the AL East leading Red Sox by six games. But most baseball betting fans think they’re too good a team not to make the baseball betting post season. At 35-34 it’s not much that the Rays are playing bad as it’s the fact that their baseball betting division is incredibly good.
On the mound starters Neiman and Shields have been strong and young David Price looks to be the real deal with 31 Ks in 26 innings as a starter and a 3.46 ERA. At the plate Carlos Pena remains one of the most underrated power hitters in baseball betting with 21 HRs and 50 RBs. Evan Longoria is proving that his rookie campaign was no fluke and could be the 2009 AL MVP.
Give Tampa the nod in this match up as they’ll have home field and an ax to grind with the Phillies.
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