The National League Championship Series begins on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies favored in MLB gambling against the San Francisco Giants.
The Phillies are not only favored to win the series in baseball gambling, they are also favored in Game 1 with Roy Halladay on the mound.
Long Drought for Giants – The Giants haven’t won a World Series since moving to San Francisco from New York in 1958. The last time they made the World Series was in 2002 and they lost in seven games to the Angels.
Recent Series History – Going back a couple of years, the Giants have won 10 games while the Phillies have won 9. This season the teams split their six games. Neither team scores very many runs against the other. The Phillies have not done well at AT&T Park as they have lost seven of their last nine in baseball gambling and scored under three runs per game. The Phillies have the home field advantage in this best-of-seven game series though.
Pitching Rotations – The Phillies will be going with Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels. Halladay will start Game 1 but the Phillies could choose to flip-flop Oswalt and Hamels and have Hamels go in Game 2 since he has struggled in his career at AT&T Park while Oswalt has pitched well there. The Giants will be going with Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez. Lincecum is going in Game 1 and it probably will be Cain in Game 2 although Sanchez has done better in Philadelphia than Cain. The Giants will be going with Madison Bumgarner and their fourth starter and he has already proven he is ready for the big stage as he pitched well against the Braves in the NLDS.
Scoring – The Giants can struggle at time to score runs. They finished ninth in the National League in runs scored. They do have three big bats in Buster Posey, Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell who used to play for the Phillies. The Phillies have the better offense with Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jason Werth but they struggled this season against the Giants as they hit just .226 against them.
The Phillies are favored in MLB gambling on Saturday in Game 1 at Sbgglobal as Halladay is matched up against Lincecum.