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Philadelphia Phillies Betting – Offense, Health Will Decide Phillies’ World Series Fate

Posted by Dale “Skip” Lalonde on 3/27/2012 2:56:54 PM
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It should be no surprise to sports betting cappers that Philadelphia is one of the favorites to win it all this season, with their incredible pitching staff that doesn’t seem to be regressing any time soon. However, the ability of their offense to stay healthy throughout the season is going to be the difference-maker.


The Phillies’ lineup is in flux due to injuries to first baseman Ryan Howard (Achilles) and second baseman Chase Utley (knees); Howard will be out for the first month of the season and that may be optimistic, while there is no timetable for Utley’s return. Veteran Ty Wigginton takes over at first, and 22-year-old Freddy Galvis will fill in for Utley, and this means the rest of the lineup has to pick up the slack. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins, third baseman Placido Polanco, and outfielders Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence will have to carry the load with Howard and Utley out, and the Phillies also picked up Jim Thome during the offseason. The Phillies are hoping that he can get in and play some first base in Howard’s absence, while also adding power to the lineup.

The rest of the lineup isn’t that strong, however, and the bench was hurt by the broken foot of Michael Martinez, who could fill in a number of roles for the Phillies and they’re going to miss him through the early part of the season.


Pitching is obviously the strength of Philadelphia’s MLB betting chances this season, and in particular, the rotation. They have a pair of former Cy Young winners in Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, while Cole Hamels has some postseason hardware of his own and all three were in the running for last season’s Cy Young as well. Joe Blanton is coming off elbow surgery, but the Phillies may be able to plug in Kyle Kendrick if he needs more time to recover. The wild card is 24-year-old Vince Worley, who was brilliant in 2011, but now teams have had an offseason to look at tape and study his tendencies. They’re going to adjust to him, and Worley will have to do the same on the other end.

The bullpen lost closer Ryan Madson, who signed a deal with Cincinnati and then promptly was lost for the season because of elbow problems. The Phillies signed former Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon, so they know they have a guy who has been through the battles and he is out to erase his role in Boston’s collapse last season. Kendrick can handle some long relief, while Chad Qualls, Mike Stutes and Jose Contreras will be counted on for right-hand relief. Antonio Bastardo looks to be the lone southpaw in the bullpen, which is protected by one of the best rotations in all of baseball.


Manager Charlie Manuel has a firm grip on this team, which he has led to five straight National League East titles and of course, there was the World Series win in 2008. He is very even tempered and doesn’t get flustered in the face of injuries, which the Phillies have had a lot of over the last couple years, especially to their lineup and his presence makes them the favorites to win the East once again.

This is a tough veteran team that knows how to win and even when Atlanta jumped out to their big lead last season, the Phillies never gave up and kept putting pressure on the Braves, who eventually fell and handed the title to Philadelphia. This is a team that could survive the brutal American League East.

How It Will Play Out

The Phillies are the MLB betting favorites to win the World Series at +475, and it’s difficult to bet on a team that has been as good as Philadelphia has been over the last five years with all their division title, two trips to the World Series which resulted in one win, and last season’s loss to eventual World Series champion St. Louis was their first NLDS loss since 2007.

Are the Phillies going to win the World Series? They have as good a chance as any team as pitching has taken over in the post-steroid era and they have arguably the top rotation trio in all of baseball. But it’s all about their ability to drive in runs and stay healthy throughout the lineup, and that will be the key to the Phillies’ online betting chances in 2012.



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