|Written by Jerry Santiago|
Bet on the MLBBaseball betting fans were surprised last year at the Philadelphia Phillies winning the world series and most sports betting handicappers considered it a fluke. Baseball betting has been put on notice for 2009, however, that the Phillies are a better and more dangerous sports betting commodity and a threat to repeat.
The Phillies never faced a serious baseball betting challenge this year as they coasted to the National League east title. Last year Philadelphia muscled their way to the title with a lineup that was one of the best in all of sports betting. This year the Phillies are a much more balanced and complete team against the MLB betting odds.
Philadelphia ranked 4th overall in baseball betting for offensive production this year and 7th overall in staff earned run average. The Phillies were an equally effective baseball betting asset both at home and on the road. Just 70 of their games this year went over the baseball betting total.
The powerful Philadelphia lineup was led by a foursome that each had at least 30 home runs. Ryan Howard led the powerful attack with 45 home runs, 141 runs batted in, and a .279 average. Chase Utley was hitting .282 with 31 home runs and 93 runs batted in. Raul Ibanez had a .273 average with 34 round trippers and 92 runs batted in while Jayson Werth was hitting .267 with 36 home runs and 99 runs batted in. The Phillies offense is highly versatile as Shane Victorino, Utley, and Jimmy Rollins each had at least 23 stolen bases. Rollins had 43 doubles while Victorino had 39, along with 13 triples, to round out one of the best lineups in baseball betting.
The improved pitching staff was led by JA Happ who was 12-4 with a 2.85 earned run average. Joe Blanton was another baseball betting asset with a mark of 12-8 and a 4.05 earned run average. Relief pitching is a huge baseball betting cause for concern, however, as the Phillies have not had a consistent closer this year. Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer will miss the playoffs due to a groin injury.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.