MLB gambling fans have become quite familiar with the Philadelphia Phillies, who have won the National League Pennant the past two MLB betting seasons.
The Phillies will try for the hattrick beginning on Wednesday as they host the Cincinnati Reds in the first two games of their best of five National League Division Series.
Sports-Gambling opened with the Philadelphia Phillies as a +220 choice to win the World Series and a -130 choice to win the National League. Cincinnati opened at +1100 to win the World Series and +485 to win the National League.
This series will move to Cincinnati for Sunday and Monday and then back to Philadelphia on Wednesday if game 5 is necessary.
The Philadelphia Phillies had a record of 97-65 with the MLB odds this year as they again won the National League East Division title. The Phillies were a tough home team with a mark of 52-29 and went over the total just 36 times at home.
Philadelphia is one of the better balanced teams in the major leagues as they ranked 7th for run production and 6th for staff earned run average.
The National League Central Division champion Cincinnati Reds had a record of 91-71 with the MLB lines and were 42-39 on the road this year. The Reds ranked 4th in the majors for offense but were just 13th for staff earned run average.
Joe Votto leads the Cincinnati attack as he hit .324 with 36 doubles, 37 home runs and 113 runs batted in while walking 91 times. The Reds have plenty of power as Jay Bruce had 25 home runs, Drew Stubbs had 22, and Scott Rolen 20.
Closer Francisco Cordero is of major concern with a 3.84 earned run average and 8 blown saves to go with 40 saves on the year.
The Phillies are led by Jayson Werth and Ryan Howard. Werth his .296 with 46 doubles and 27 home runs with 85 runs batted in while Howard hit .276 with 31 home runs and 108 runs batted in. The starting staff is led by Roy Holladay, who was one of the best in MLB gambling with a 21-10 record and d a 2.44 earned run average.