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Halladay Rescues Game 5 Odds

Bettors will have fits trying to make a choice on today’s NLCS Game 5 odds at AT&T Park, as most books see this crucial game as a contest too close to call.

Roy Halladay is seeking redemption when he goes up against Giants ace Tim Lincecum, who earned the victory in the series opener. There was not much to pick between the two in Game 1. History is on the side of the +105 underdog Giants - of the 30 teams to assume a 3-1 lead in the LCS, 24 have gone on to compete for the World Series. [ {URL=/Stats/Matchup/Baseball/MLB/40038}Matchup Report and latest NLCS odds {/URL}]

Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA) is 2-0 in the playoffs, whiffing 22 batters in his pair of starts. You know Halladay is going to be fired up for this game, and sportsbooks have given the Phillies a slight -115 advantage for the contest. Halladay (21-10, 2.44 ERA) only lost two straight once during the season, and that gives him a mental edge.

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Lincecum, meanwhile, was 0-5 in August - but that’s all been put to bed with his spectacular showing in the postseason.

Late-season pickup Cody Ross came through with another clutch hit, and rookie catcher Buster Posey had four hits with a pair of RBI in the Giants' 6-5 win over the Phillies in Game 4 on Wednesday. The difference in this series is the timely hitting of the Giants, and lack of production from the big bats of Utley, Howard, and Victorino – held to a combined three hits in the Phillies' loss.

Not many are expecting an onslaught of hits or runs in today’s game, and it might be a great chance for wagering on the over-under. The total is currently listed at a remarkably low 5.5. The two ace pitchers allowed a combined seven runs in the opener, so it might be a good idea to consider the OVER for today?

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The ALCS switches to New York for Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7. Betting for this series resumes on Friday with the Yankees slated to pitch Phil Hughes, and the Rangers going with Colby Lewis. CC Sabathia finally got his first postseason victory on short rest and Curtis Granderson drove in a pair as the Yankees beat the Rangers 7-2 in Game 5.

The early consensus on the game is that it is virtually an even bet. Most books have the Yankees listed at -106, while the Rangers are at -104. This will pose a problem for bettors, and with the over-under set at 9 it could be a game to wager conservatively.