Milwaukee punched its ticket to the postseason by securing the NL Wild Card, while Philadelphia secured its bid to the second season by winning the NL East. Overall, Milwaukee was good to the MLB betting public in 2008 making upwards of $600 per the closing MLB odds posting winning marks both home (49-32 +$345) and away (41-40 +$344).
That said; the Brew Crew comes into this series struggling as a visitor winning just twice in its L/10 opportunities. Philadelphia was also a generous MLB bet for baseball betting fans this season, but they were more lucrative when playing the role of visitor.
They closed out the regular season winners in 48 of its 81 overall home games, but cost baseball bettors a shade over $200 on the year. Philadelphia dominated the ’08 season series winning five of the six overall meetings, which included a four-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park.
Getting the starting nod for Game 1 will be Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo who ripped apart his knee in a May 1st start against the Cubs, yet gets the start barely five months later. He had a 1.88 ERA and no record in four starts this season after going 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA in 2007.
Gallardo has faced the Phillies once in his career last season where he threw 6+ innings of one-run ball striking out seven and walking one in Milwaukee’s 2-1 home victory.
Cole Hamels toes the rubber for the Phillies NLDS series for the second year in a row, but this time, he’ll look to avoid the same fate he was dealt last year against the Rockies.
Hamels was Philly’s biggest innings eater and boasted the staff’s best ERA (3.09). His club won 19 of his 33 overall starts, and he split his pair of starts against the Brewers this season. In five career starts against Milwaukee, Hamels is 2-1 with a 4.41 ERA and 1.10 WHIP.
The Phillies currently sit as lofty -210 favorites in this afternoon’s MLB wagering affair, with the ‘total’ sitting at 8.5 over -120.
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