San Francisco will be the second home team in as many days to bear the title of underdog when they host Philadelphia for Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday.
Giants hitters Buster Posey, Pat Burrell, and Aubrey Huff were a dismal 0 for 11 in the team's 6-1 loss in Game 2. Yet, most online sportsbooks only give the Phillies a -115 edge for Game 3 on Tuesday. The contest might also warrant a serious look at the UNDER, with the total currently sitting at 6.5 at most books.
San Francisco, the +105 underdogs, will have to manufacture more runs against the hard-throwing lefty Cole Hamels. Hamels won his only start of the postseason, tossing a complete-game five-hit shutout against the Reds in the NLDS. [ Game 3 Phillies Giants Odds Matchup Report ]
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Giants Manager Bruce Bochy is considering making changes to his lineup for this game - using Aaron Rowand and the switch-hitting Pablo Sandoval against the lefthander.
Matt Cain (13-11, 3.14 ERA) will forget his 0-3 record against the Phillies when he goes to the mound for this contest. Cain lost his only other start of the playoffs, giving up seven hits and one run over 6 2-3 innings in the NLDS against the Braves. The first pitch will go this afternoon at 4.19 p.m. ET.
The Yankees, at +105 in Game 3 on Monday, were the other home team to hold the label of underdogs last time out. Oddsmakers were correct in giving the Yankees that tag, as Rangers ace Cliff Lee threw a two-hit shutout through eight innings with 13 strikeouts - and Texas shut out New York 8-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. [ Game 3 Matchup Report ]
New York will go with A.J. Burnett for Game 4, as the Yankees will try to even the series tonight. Burnett is rumoured to be hurting and has not pitched since October 2. He was scratched from the rotation after going 1-7 over his final 12 starts, but sportsbooks see the Yankees as a -145 favorite.
With the Yankees' woes at the plate, it might be a good time to pick the underdog Rangers - who have all the momentum in the series.
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The Rangers (+125) will ask right-handed Tommy Hunter to give them a 3-1 advantage when he goes to the mound in tonight`s contest. The Yankees are batting a meagre .194 in the series, while Alex Rodriguez has been held to just two hits and is 0 for 4 against Hunter.
Mark Teixeira is hitless in 11 at-bats, and that has to be a concern for a Yankees team not used to this problem. Hunter has not fared well against the Yankees, but he's not the one looking for run support. Game time is set for 8:07 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.