MLB betting handicappers consider the Phillies to be one of the deepest, well balanced, and talented teams on the 2011 online baseball betting board.
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The Philadelphia Phillies were one of the more consistent money makers with the baseball odds last year as they finished with a record of 97-65 as champions of the National League East. The Phillies were upset in the National League Championship Series by the eventual World Series Champion San Francisco Giants 4 games to 2.
Optimism is high in Philadelphia and amongst sports gamblers as the Phillies look like a loaded team that will be difficult to beat if they can stay healthy. It also helps that they play in the relatively weak National League East with only the Atlanta Braves, last year’s National League wild card team, as a potential threat to legitimately challenge.
The Phillies made a big splash in the offseason with the signing of left hand starting pitcher Cliff Lee from the Texas Rangers. Lee was instrumental in leading the Rangers to their first ever World Series and was paid $120 million to join the Phillies.
With the addition of Lee the Phillies have what most betting baseball handicappers consider to be the best rotation in the game. Right hand starter Roy Halladay is the projected number one starter with Lee as the number two man. Right hand starter Roy Oswalt is projected for the three slot with left hander Cole Hamels at four and right hander Joe Blanton the number five starter.
Closer Brad Lidge had a strong second half with 21 saves in 23 chances after the All Star break and a 2.10 earned run average.