San Francisco Giants
MLB betting action will be incredibly tense in the City of Brotherly Love on Saturday afternoon, as the Philadelphia Phillies are facing a do or die Game 6 against the San Francisco Giants.
The G-Men didn't quite take care of business when they had the chance to on Thursday night, as they made a number of mental errors and committed two physical blunders in the field that cost them in a 4-2 defeat. It was a gritty effort for RHP Roy Halladay, who battled a leg injury every step of the way, but threw six frames and allowed just two runs.
It was an atrocious game for 1B Aubrey Huff, who went 0-for-4 and left six men on base. OF Cody Ross and C Buster Posey had the two RBIs for the Giants. For Philly, OF Raul Ibanez had a pair of hits, while OF Jayson Werth blasted a homer that put the game away in the ninth.
LHP Jonathan Sanchez has been doing almost everything right so far in these playoffs. He has 18 strikeouts in 13.1 innings of work thus far in the playoffs, a remarkable stat for a man that had a stellar 9.41 K/9 for his career coming into this postseason. Perhaps the more alarming stat is that opposing batters only have seven total hits off of him and are batting just .143 against him, which is 60 points better than the regular season and 90 points better than his career numbers. The southpaw has just been a victim of circumstance. He ran into a buzz saw in Game 2, as we'll discuss in just a moment, while three walks and some untimely errors certainly didn't help his cause any.
For RHP Roy Oswalt, this has been a real case of ups and downs this postseason. He was down in his first start of the playoffs, as he allowed four runs and only lasted five innings against the Cincinnati Reds, but he was bailed out with great performances by his bullpen and his offense. His second start was amazing, as he only allowed one run on a Ross dinger in eight innings of work to get his first postseason win with his new club. However, it was his bullpen work that scares us right now. Oswalt came in during the ninth inning of Game 4 in a tie game. He started off with a clean slate to work with but allowed two hits and a sac fly, completing just 0.2 innings while getting the loss. Oswalt is now 7-9 for his career against the Giants in 18 starts and 19 total appearances, and he has an ERA of 3.55 for his work.
Though we know that Oswalt has never been beaten at home since coming over to the Phils, we tend to believe that this is it for the two time defending NL champs. Philadelphia has had a fantastic run, but we think that bad inning of work in Game 4 not only will cost the hosts the game that Oswalt actually lost, but this do or die game as well. Go with the Giants to head to the World Series on Saturday.
NLCS Game 6 Free Picks: San Francisco Giants +150