MLB betting fans have seen the Yankees take a 3-2 series but the Bronx Bombers failed to close out the Phillies Monday night in a 6-8 loss to the MLB odds. This MLB betting series now returns to New York for games six and seven if necessary.
The probable starting pitchers for Wednesday’s game with the MLB odds are right hander Pedro Martinez of the Phillies and left hander Andy Pettitte of the Yankees. Martinez had a regular season MLB betting record of 5-1 with a 3.63 earned run average.
In MLB betting playoff action Martinez has gone 0-1 in 2 games with a 2.08 earned run average. He lost game two of the World Series in a 1-3 MLB betting decision as he allowed 3 earned runs in 6 innings of work.
Pettitte had a regular season MLB betting record of 14-8 with a 4.16 earned run average. He is 3-0 with the MLB odds in the playoffs this year with a 3.24 earned run average. He scored a MLB betting win in his previous World Series start at Philadelphia in a 8-5 game in which he allowed 4 earned runs in 6 innings of work.
The 37-year old Pettitte will be pitching with just 3 days rest and admitted he had to battle through his last MLB betting start without his best stuff. The Yankees have an alarming MLB betting record of 2-9 in their last 11 playoff games in which they were trying to close out a seven game series.
The one MLB betting difference between these two powerful offensive teams could be in the bullpen where the Yankees would seem to have a significant advantage with close Mariano Rivera, who has a 0.63 earned run average in the playoffs with 5 saves and 13 strikeouts in 14.1 innings of work.
The Phillies turned to Ryan Madson to close out game 5 after Brad Lidge was lit up in game 4. Madson is 1-0 with 1 save in the playoffs with a 3.60 earned run average.