MLB Betting – Phillies Hope Worley Is Their Lucky Charm
Published : 9/5/2011 (Updated : 9/5/2011 7:57:48 AM)
MLB Betting returns this week as a host of Series begin on Monday and continue through on Tuesday. Monday sees the Texas Rangers travel to Tampa Bay to play the Rays, while on Tuesday the St. Louis Cardinals host the in-form team in the NL Central League, the Milwaukee Brewers. Elsewhere, Vance Worley takes to the mound for the Phillies as he attempts to win his 14th consecutive game as the Atlanta Braves arrive in town for a three-game series.
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MLB Betting – Texas Rangers at Tampa Bay Rays (September 5th)
Looking to reduce their Magic Number in the AL West, the Rangers head south for Monday to begin a three-game road series in Tampa Bay against the Rays.
Texas will go with Scott Feldman (1-0, 2.86 ERA) for Monday's matchup; last time out right-hander Feldman blanked the Rays on two hits in six innings.
James Shields (13-10, 2.84 ERA) counters for the Rays on Monday afternoon, and he beat the Rangers last week by allowing four hits in eight scoreless innings.
Shields also fanned seven in that victory versus Texas, and in his previous start against the Blue Jays he struck out 12 and gave up one run in nine innings of work.
MLB Betting – Milwaukee Brewers at St. Louis Cardinals (September 6th)
With a commanding lead over the Cardinals in the division, the Brewers will continue their NL Central clash on Tuesday night with another game in St. Louis.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo (15-9, 3.68 ERA) faced the Cardinals on September 1st, allowing eight runs on nine hits over 4 2-3 innings.
The right-hander was also beaten by St. Louis back on August 11th, surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits over his five innings pitched in that contest.
Kyle Lohse (12-8, 3.72 ERA) takes the ball for the Cards on Tuesday night; he last faced the Brewers in a loss on June 10th (four runs over his five innings pitched).
MLB Betting – Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (September 6th)
A pair of playoff-bound teams clash again on Tuesday night as the Braves send Tim Hudson (14-8, 3.05 ERA) to the mound on the road against the Phillies.
Right-hander Hudson looked strong in a win over the Nationals last time out, allowing just one run on five hits over six innings pitched while striking out five.
Vance Worley (10-1, 2.85 ERA) hits the hill for the Phillies on Tuesday, with his team having picked up the win in each of his last 13 starts heading into the contest.
The right-hander pitched against the Reds in Cincinnati last time out, giving up four runs on eight hits and fanning seven in a 6-4 Philly victory.
MLB Betting – Round-Up
The Braves (2.850*) and Phillies (1.505*) get their series underway on Monday night, with Atlanta's Derek Lowe (9-12, 4.52 ERA) taking on Philly's Cliff Lee (15-7, 2.59 ERA).
On Tuesday the Nationals are expected to get Stephen Strasburg back on the hill; the right-hander had elbow surgery and hasn't pitched in the majors this year.
Strasburg went 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in a dozen games as a rookie for the Nationals last season, striking out 92 batters while walking just 17 in his 68 innings of work.
*All odds subject to change
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