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Baseball Betting: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Phillies moved one step closer towards locking up the first major baseball betting championship since 1983 when they knocked off the Rays in the first game of the Fall Classic, 3-2.

LHP Cole Hamels was fantastic in his first career World Series outing, scattering five hits and allowing just two runs over seven innings.  2B Chase Utley blasted a 1st inning two-run homer that gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead allowing Philly bettors to relax from the get go.

Rays LHP Scott Kazmir labored through six innings, allowing three runs and striking out four.  MLB betting fans will get another chance to wager on the World Series tonight when the two teams square off in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series.  RHP Brett Myers will be the man on the mound for Philadelphia in the second game of this series.

He doesn’t boast the greatest of numbers in his two postseason starts this year, allowing seven runs over 12 innings and a WHIP of 1.25, but he is a perfect 2-0 this far.  It was an awful season for Philadelphia bettors when Myers was on the mound, as they went just 12-18 and lost a whopping $1,165 overall per the closing baseball odds.

Hoping to send the series back to Philadelphia all knotted up at a game apiece, Rays skipper Joe Maddon will send RHP James Shields to the bump.  Unlike his counterpart, it was a stellar season for Tampa Bay bettors with the righty on the mound.

In his 33 starts, they went 22-11 and netted just a shade under $1000 on the year per the closing MLB lines.  His core numbers in the playoffs are good, but they haven’t been translating into victories.  Shields is just 1-2 with a 3.72 ERA in three baseball betting starts in the playoffs.

Maddon will be hoping for a better effort from his lineup tonight with the righty on the mound.  Oddsmakers are banking on a solid effort from the Rays tonight, as they have been installed as -150 favorites.  The ‘total’ currently sits at 8.5, under -120.

Sports-Gambling.com offers up all of the moneylines, runlines, ‘totals’, and propositions for the entire World Series.

So be sure to login to your account and get your World Series betting action in before Game 2’s first pitch.