MLB betting probable starters are right hander Jair Jurrjens for Atlanta and left hander Jamie Moyer for the Phillies as the MLB odds should include a lower than usual over/under. Atlanta won the MLB betting opener between these two teams on Sunday night by a score of 4-1 as Derek Lowe pitched 8 shutout innings for the Braves.
Left fielder Jordan Schafer hit a home run in the win. Jurrjens is coming off a nice season in 2008 in which he was 13-10 with a 3.68 earned run average. He is 1-2 against Philadelphia in his career but has a 3.33 earned run average.
The Braves are coming off their second losing season in the past three against the MLB odds and have not been in the MLB betting post season since 2005. While Atlanta has not been the MLB betting powerhouse that they used to be there is reason for optimism in 2009.
The Philadelphia Phillies were the surprise world series champions last MLB betting season as they passed the highly hyped New York Mets by with consistent play and a deep roster. Moyer was 16-7 last year with a 3.71 earned run average.
Moyer has been one of the most reliable pitchers in MLB betting during his career, which began all the way back in 1986 with the Chicago Cubs. Moyer is 46 years old but doesn’t show it as last year’s MLB betting season was his best in five years.
The Phillies have quietly put together 6 consecutive winning seasons and will be among the MLB betting favorites to make the post season again this year. First baseman Ryan Howard is a big reason for the high expectations as he is coming off a monster season in which he clobbered 48 home runs and produced 146 RBI.
Second baseman Chase Utley hit .292 last year with 33 home runs as yet another weapon in the Phillies arsenal.
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