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MLB Betting: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Tampa Bay Rays

The Fall Classic is finally upon us, and MLB betting fans will get their chance to get in on all of the action of the first game of the World Series.

Philadelphia has been sitting on the sidelines since last Wednesday when they closed out the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win the National League pennant.  Meanwhile, the Rays completed a series of highs and lows against the Boston Red Sox when they eliminated the defending champions 3-1 in Game 7 of the ALCS on Sunday.

Manager Charlie Manuel will hand the ball to his ace, LHP Cole Hamels to open the festivities.  The lefty has been fantastic in his postseason starts, winning all three to date with all three outings resulting in winners for MLB betting followers that parlayed the Phillies and the ‘under’ per the closing MLB odds.

Hamels has allowed just 19 base runners and three earned runs in 22 post-season innings.  In total, the ace of the Philadelphia staff went 14-10 with a 3.09 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 33 regular season starts.  Philadelphia supporters went 19-14 in those starts, but lost upwards of $400 on the season.

In order to move one step closer to their first championship, manager Joe Maddon will send LHP Scott Kazmir to the mound.  The last time MLB sportsbettors saw Kazmir, he left with the Rays leading 7-0 in the 7th inning of Game 5 of the ALCS.

Kazmir is 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA in three outings this postseason, but the team is 2-1 in those starts making playoff bettors $100 according to the closing MLB lines.  In the regular season, the lefty went 12-8 in 27 overall starts with a 3.49 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.  He was a sparkling 8-2 at the Trop in 2008, with a miniscule 2.90 ERA.

The baseball betting odds couldn’t be any tighter, as both teams are -105.  The ‘total’ currently sits at a 7.5 under -125.  After their dramatic victory over Boston, Sportsbook has made the AL Champs -145 favorites to win the 2008 World Series. offers up all of the moneylines, runlines, ‘totals’, and propositions for the entire World Series, so be sure to open an account and get your World Series betting action in before the first pitch of the Fall Classic.