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Betting Tips For Phillies Orioles - Orioles and Phillies Clash In Interleague Showdown

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 6/4/2012 8:08:32 PM

The Baltimore Orioles have been one of the pleasant early-season surprises in professional baseball this year. They'll try to fend off an interleague challenge from the Philadelphia Phillies.

Philadelphia Phillies @ Baltimore Orioles – Series Overview

Game 1: Friday, June 8

If you are interested in betting on baseball this season, the upcoming three-game series between the Baltimore and the Philadelphia Phillies is going to prove to be challenging. One simply has to realize that these teams are not used to being in the positions they currently inhabit. Baltimore's franchise has been firmly ensconced at the bottom of the American League East over most of the past decade, languishing behind the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, and more recently, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Philadelphia used to be a sad-sack franchise, but over the past five years, few teams have won with the consistency displayed by the Phillies. Philadelphia has made the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, winning one World Series in 2008 and capturing the National League pennant as well in 2009. It's jarring, to say the least, to look at the 2012 MLB standings and see Baltimore battling Tampa Bay for first place in the American League East while Philadelphia sits in the cellar of the National League East. Does this mean that Baltimore is an elite team and that Philadelphia is going to fall short of the playoffs this year? It's possible, but then again, it's only early June. The season is still young, and there's plenty of time for the Phillies to find their footing. This series marks the very kind of occasion in which Philadelphia will try to begin to make a charge and work its way up the ladder in the National League, doing damage at the expense of an American League foe that is just beginning to be tested.

That last point – Philadelphia's desire to make a move – will probably enter into game one of this three-game set on Friday in the state of Maryland. Baltimore starting pitcher Jake Arrieta brings a decidedly subpar 5.53 earned-run average into this game, while Philadelphia will go with starter Joe Blanton, carrying a 5.27 ERA into battle. The raw numbers suggest that this game will be a slugfest, which could point in the Orioles' favor, but Philadelphia's hitters are going to be very motivated for this game. The Phillies will take pitches, work counts, and play with a little extra aggression in this contest. The Phillies need to make a statement in this series, and they'll take a big step in that direction in game one.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia

Game 2: Saturday, June 9

The team that is a mystery for legions of online sportsbook experts is the Philadelphia Phillies, but one person who can't be blamed for their problems is starting pitcher Vance Worley. Manager Charlie Manuel with go with Worley in game two of this series. Near the bottom of the Phillies' starting rotation, Worley has produced a very low 3.07 ERA, lending stability to the Phils' staff and bullpen alike. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has not yet decided on his starting pitcher for this series, since the Orioles are figuring out how to fill in a hole in their rotation. This is an unknown matchup, but Worley should be able to hold the Orioles at bay. Go with the Phillies if you must.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia

Game 3: Sunday, June 10

The team that online betting sites are wondering about this season is Baltimore. Are the Orioles for real? It's hard to take that leap of faith just yet. Jason Hammel will go to the mound for Baltimore in the finale of the series, bringing a 3.06 earned-run average to the ballyard. Philadelphia starter Cliff Lee has a 3.00 ERA, and he's likely to outduel Hammel in a pitching matchup that is a clash of experience (Lee) versus youth (Hammel). Take Philadelphia in game three, largely because Lee – whose record is 0-2 despite his solid pitching – is overdue for a favorable decision.

MLB Betting Pick: Philadelphia

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