The NL East leading Philadelphia Phillies (25-19, +$320) will look to win its three game sports betting set with the reeling Florida Marlins (21-26, -$595) at Citizens Bank Park after picking up a heart pounding 5-3 victory last night. The victory saw the defending champs improve its woeful home mark to 9-13 on the year where they’ve cost MLB bettors close to $900 overall. The offense grabbed starting pitcher Joe Blanton a three-run lead in the 1st, and that was all the sinkerballer needed. He limited the Marlins to just five hits and no runs through seven fantastic innings of work while striking out a season high 11 batters. Brad Lidge made it interesting for Philadelphia bettors in the 9th, but he got Ross Gload to strike out with runners on 1st and 2nd to lock down his 9th save of the season. The loss was Florida’s seventh in its L/10 games played, and it now sits 5.5-games in back of the division leading Phillies. Baseball bettors have split each of Florida’s 24 road games right down the middle (12-12), but have made $150 backing them as a visitor on the year. The Marlins won nine of their 15 regular season battles with the Phillies last season, but the defending champs have gotten the better of them this season winning four of their five ’09 meetings.
You can find Brett Myers and Philadelphia listed as hefty -210 home favorites for tonight’s rubber game at BetUS Sportsbook with the ‘total’ listed at 10 under -120.
The Marlins are taking a two-pronged attack at tonight’s game. Sinkerballer Burke Badenhop will get the starting nod for the first time this season. He’s been pitching in long relief since he was called up from AAA ball, and has made 11 appearances to date. Since he’s not fully stretched out to go deep into a game, Hayden Penn will be on call for long relief duty. He’s yet to start against the Phillies in his career.
Opposing him will be righty Brett Myers who’s coming off a fantastic effort at the new Yankees Stadium last Friday night where he held the Yankees to eight hits and just three runs through eight innings of the Phillies 7-3 road win. After getting off to a poor start to his 2009 campaign, Myers is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with a K/BB ratio of 16/4 in his L/3 starts. He’ll look to secure his first home victory of the season against this Marlins team whom he defeated back on April 24th; Myers is 6-9 with a 5.39 ERA & 1.62 WHIP in 23 career starts versus Florida.
With Hanley Ramirez doubtful for tonight’s game and Florida’s bullpen injured and overtaxed, look for the Phillies to cruise to the easy run-line cover in tonight’s contest. Myers has reverted back to his 2008 form, and the Marlins are going into this one knowing full well that its bullpen will play a major role. Not a recipe for success; especially against the defending champs who will go all out to snag the win with the off day scheduled for tomorrow.
MoneyMakers’s Recommendation: 3* Philadelphia Phillies (-1’) -105
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