On Thursday, the Rays knotted the series with a 4-2 victory behind a strong outing by RHP James Shields. The righty picked up his first win since the ALDS with 5 2/3rd innings of scoreless baseball.
Strong defense and the fact that the Phillies struggled for the second straight game with runners in scoring position was enough to lead the Rays to victory. RHP Matt Garza will take the mound for Tampa Bay on Saturday night.
After struggling in his lone start against the White Sox in the ALDS, he responded with two fantastic outings in the ALCS, earning him MVP of the series. In his two starts against the Red Sox, he allowed just two runs over 13 innings with a 1.08 WHIP and 9.69 K/9.
The Rays went 14-16 in his 30 starts, losing $462 per the closing MLB odds. However, his core figures were solid, recording 128 strikeouts, a 1.24 WHIP, and a 3.70 ERA. MLB betting fans that backed the ‘under’ with him toeing the bump went 18-12 ATS this season.
The Phillies will respond by handing the ball to LHP Jaime Moyer. He hasn’t prospered greatest in the playoffs, recording two of Philadelphia’s three losses. The lefty is 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts. The opposition is batting a startling .345. He was much better in the regular season, going 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA.
He has struggled with the long ball, giving up 50 home runs in the last two seasons. That’s bad news against a squad that turned the Trop and Fenway Park into a launching pad in the ALCS. Baseball bettors had a field day this season, going 22-11 and winning $1,021 per the closing baseball betting lines in Moyer’s 33 overall starts.
Offshore oddsmakers have installed the Rays as -115 road favorites with the ‘total’ set at 9 over -125.
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