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Betting NL Pennant Chase


2008-09-24

The divisional pennant races are coming down to a few precious days and are way more interesting to those betting baseball than “The Mentalist” on CBS. Here is a look at tonight’s key wagering information in the National League.

The Philadelphia Phillies had their ace Cole Hamels on the mound last evening against a team they had bludgeoned all season, but it wasn’t enough in a 3-2 loss. Philadelphia had averaged 6.2 runs per game against Atlanta, yet couldn’t get the offense cranked up last night. The Phillies lead has been cut to one in the NL East with the loss and Brett Myers (10-12, 4.46 ERA) takes the mound for his club. The Phils are -270 favorites at Sportsbook.com, though not because of Myers instilling confidence. When Myers starts, he and the Phils are 6-14 as -110 or higher favorites this season. The better news comes from the Braves camp, where Jo-Jo Reyes and Atlanta are 2-13 as an underdog of +100 or higher over the last two seasons.

Johan Santana showed why he was worth the big money last night, in throwing a career high 125 pitches in defeating the Chicago Cubs 6-2. The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner gave up two runs, seven hits, walked two and struck out 10 en route to winning his eighth straight decision and 15th this year. This brought the Mets within a game of Philly and kept Milwaukee at bay in the wild card chase. Oliver Perez (10-7, 4.10) has one decision in his last seven starts (a win), with New York posting a 5-2 record. They will need a big effort out of the left-hander who is 41-20 vs. teams whose hitters strike out seven or more times a game. (Team’s Record) The Mets are -135 home favorites with total at Ov8.5. New York is 21-6 against the money line at home when the total is 8 to 8.5 this season. They will face the Cubs Carlos Zambrano (14-6, 3.77), who is 11-2 as an underdog of +100 or higher. (Cubs Record)

Prince Fielder kept Milwaukee’s playoff hopes alive with a walk-off home run to defeat Pittsburgh 7-5. The Brewers trail New York by a game and are hitting the baseball again, averaging over 10 hits a game in last eight outings. Interim manager Dale Sveum will roll the dice, starting C.C. Sabathia (15-10, 2.85) on three days rest in spite of the lefty not winning any of his last four starts. Milwaukee is 12-1 against Pittsburgh this season, including a perfect 7-0 at Miller Park. The Brewers are 35-16 at home taking on teams with losing record.

The Los Angeles Dodgers magic number is three after laying the lumber to San Diego 10-1 and Arizona losing to St. Louis 7-4. The Dodgers are a -230 favorite with youngster Clayton Kershaw (4-5, 4.28) starting for L.A. The Dodgers are 16-3 in home games vs. an NL team with a batting average of .255 or worse in the second half of the season, going against the pathetic Padres, who are 21-47 when playing against a team with a winning record this season.

After veteran Randy Johnson couldn’t check the St. Louis bats, Arizona turns to rookie and St. Louis native Max Scherzer (0-3, 3.00 ERA) as he makes his seventh start. The D-Backs are a +120 road underdog and are 27-42 when the money line is +125 to -125 this season. They draw a hot pitcher in Adam Wainright (10-3, 3.21), who is 4-0 in six starts since coming off the disabled list from a sprained right middle finger. Wainright and the Cards are 12-0 when playing against a team with a winning record this season.


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