The San Francisco Giants are one win away from going to the NLCS for the first time since 2002 after a dramatic come-from-behind win in Game 3. Here is a look at the National League Division Series matchup for bettors on Monday.
The Giants will try to take advantage of more defensive mistakes and finish off the Atlanta Braves in four games in their NLDS. Sportsbooks are not betting on a Giants victory, as they listed them as +135 underdogs.
Can Madison Bumgarner (7-6, 3.00 ERA) get the job done? He has been solid on the road and should get the run support, since the Giants have scored nearly two runs more on the road when Bumgarner pitches. Could this provide bettors with another chance to cash on a road dog?
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The Braves will counter with Derek Lowe (16-12, 4.00 ERA), who finished the season on a five-game win streak, and even though he dropped the series-opener his control and location were good. Atlanta has shut down Buster Posey’s hot bat in this series and will need more quality pitching if they expect to come back.
Brooks Conrad’s third error of the game cost the Braves in Game 3, as their backs are against the wall trailing 2-1 in the series. Without closer Billy Wagner, it could prove to be a futile effort for the team. Lowe’s presence on the mound should help alleviate some of the mounting pressure for the injury-riddled Braves.
Atlanta must find ways to produce more offense, as they were held to just four hits last time out. Most sportsbooks have the Braves as -155 favorites for Game 4.
In a battle of weak offenses, it might be the better bullpen that prevails in this series. After all, the teams boasted the two best ERA’s in the league and it should give totals bettors an advantage when wagering on the UNDER.
Cole Hamels, the 2008 World Series MVP, turned in another impressive postseason performance for the Phillies, tossing a five-hitter as they completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in their NLDS on Sunday. Four errors in Game 2 with the Reds up 4-0 cost them any chance at getting into that series.
The Phillies' big three hurlers will be well-rested when the NLCS gets underway on Saturday. And they will likely open with Halladay, who tossed the second no-hitter in postseason history in Game 1 of the NLDS.
The Phillies will try to become the first team since the 1942-44 St. Louis Cardinals to win three straight pennants. Beating a rotation like the Phillies' will be a daunting task; it’s no wonder they will open that series as a big betting favorite.