Sports gambling odds-makers have the Phillies as one of the top gambling in sports favorites to again win the National League title and earn a World Series berth. The Phillies looked well on their way to a second consecutive World Series title in the 2009 sports gambling season but lost 2-4 in games to the New York Yankees after winning the opening game of the Fall Classic.
In the end New York simply had better and deeper depth than the Phillies simply could not match. But that does not detract from their 2010 sports gambling prospects as they look better than ever.
A big reason for all of the sports gambling anticipation regarding the Phillies is the arrival of right hand starting pitcher Roy Halladay from the Toronto Blue Jays where he was the top gun. Last year Halladay had a sports gambling record of 17-10 with a 2.79 earned run average as he struck out 208 batters in 234 innings of work.
Halladay has a career mark of 148-76 and a 3.43 earned run average. He will serve as the Phillies top ace starter and is a major reason as to why the Phillies sports gambling stock is so high entering the 2010 campaign. A major cause for concern the past two seasons has been the bullpen and that must be improved for the Phillies to go all the way.
Closer Brad Lidge had a disastrous 2009 in which he went 0-8 with a 7.21 earned run average with 31 saves in 42 chances. Lidge had a poor World Series against the Yankees, which was a major reason for the Phillies’ final defeat. The Phillies ranked 4th in the major leagues for run production last year and were led by Ryan Howard.
The first baseman hit .279 with 45 home runs and 141 runs batted in. It was Howard’s fourth consecutive season with at least 45 home runs or better. If the Phillies can shore up the bullpen they will be the team to beat in the National League East.