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Betting On Phillies Padres - Light-hitting Phillies Face The Padres In Early-Season Revealer

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 4/17/2012 1:01:59 PM

The Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres have both stumbled out of the gate in the 2012 Major League Baseball season. That's a surprise for Philadelphia, but not for San Diego.

Philadelphia Phillies @ San Diego Padres – Series Overview

Game 1: Thursday, April 19

If you are interested in betting on baseball this season, games like the first one in this four-game set are the real tough ones to deal with. Philadelphia will start Vance Worley, while San Diego will go with Joe Wieland. Pitchers at the lower end of the starting rotation are harder to figure out in general, but this is even more the case when dealing with the third week of the regular season, a time when arms are still loosening up and pitchers are trying to find themselves. It's hard to definitively know just where Worley and Wieland are. All things considered, one should probably bank on the Phillies, given their identity as a regular playoff team (they have made the playoffs every year since 2007), to cobble together enough runs to dig out a victory on Thursday.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia

Game 2: Friday, April 20

The team that has to stand out as the choice of sports betting experts in the second game of this series is Philadelphia. The Phillies are going with a top-end starting pitcher, lefty Cole Hamels, while San Diego is sending Edinson Volquez to the bump. Volquez is carrying an earned-run average of over 4.20 into this contest. Hamels is a steady hand who knows how to change speeds and get hitters off balance. Given the fact that San Diego has been by far the most impotent team in the National League West (nine fewer runs than the next worst scoring team entering Monday, April 16), Hamels should be able to hold the Padres in check. The Phillies are a high-percentage selection on Friday night in Southern California.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia

Game 3: Saturday, April 21

When you do your homework and assess your sports bet on this game, the third in the four-game series, the main problem for San Diego is that when it sends Cory Luebke to the mound, it will be giving the ball to a man who has not gotten past the sixth inning this season. Luebke is a little-known pitcher who has yet to cultivate a clear-cut reputation as a workhorse. Who will oppose Luebke on the hill for the Phillies? The answer is none other than Roy Halladay, one of the elite pitchers in the sport and a guy who can certainly pitch a complete game in any given start. This is a mismatch, and even though Philadelphia entered April 16 as one of only two National League teams to score fewer than 30 runs, the Phillies should be able to win this game because of the pitching matchup.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia

Game 4: Sunday, April 22

The Phillies will return to the back end of their rotation in this game, sending Joe Blanton to the mound against Anthony Bass for the Padres. Bass is a middle reliever being pressed into service as a starter in this contest, but he's been very effective each time he's taken the ball this year. The Padres will relish seeing Blanton after Hamels and Halladay. They'll bust loose with the bats and win this contest on Sunday.

MLB Betting Pick: San Diego

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