The Phillies have a huge edge in the pitching matchup as Roy Halladay gets the start against Edinson Volquez. The Phillies are -200 favorites in baseball gambling at Sbg global.
The Phillies are trying to win three straight National League pennants and they are favored to do so. Not many people give the Reds much of a chance in this series or in Game 1 on Wednesday night. The Phillies have a dominant trio of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. The Phillies were 21-7 in the month of September as their power trio was dominant.
Halladay – You have to like the Phillies on Wednesday in baseball gambling because Halladay is going. He is 21-10 this season with a 2.44 earned run average. This will be his first playoff appearance but Halladay is a stud and the pressure won’t affect him. Halladay is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in four career starts against the Reds.
Phillies Lineup – The Phillies have a powerful lineup that is very balanced. The Phillies have Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jayson Werth, Jimmy Rollins and others.
Volquez – The Reds are going with Volquez in Game 1. He is a good pitcher but not on the level of Halladay. There is a question as to whether he can handle the big stage. He is 2-0 with a 0.73 earned run average against the Phillies in his career.
Joey Votto – If the Reds are to have any chance in this series it will be because of Votto who is the favorite to win the National League MVP. He led the National League in slugging percentage at .600. He was second in batting with a .324 average, third in homeruns and third in RBIs. The Reds led the league in runs scored but they are facing a difficult task on Wednesday against Halladay. Votto did hit .393 with three homers and six RBI in seven games against the Phillies this year.
Wednesday Betting Stats - The Reds are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. National League East. The Reds are 4-10 in their last 14 road games. The Reds are 20-6 in Volquez’s last 26 road starts. The Reds are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia. The Phillies are 12-3 in their last 15 playoff home games. The Phillies are 8-1 against the MLB gambling odds in Halladay’s last 9 home starts.