San Francisco Giants
Game 2 of NLCS betting action comes on Sunday night at Citizens Bank Ballpark, where the Philadelphia Phillies might be facing a virtual must win against the San Francisco Giants.
It wasn't the prettiest games in the world on Saturday, but the Giants got the job done with a 4-3 victory. The hero of the day was OF Cody Ross, who was one of the many players acquired during the season. Ross blasted homers off of RHP Roy Halladay in both the third and fifth innings to set the pace for the day. OF Pat Burrell and SS Juan Uribe also had RBIs on the day.
C Carlos Ruiz blasted off in the third inning to tie the score at 1-1, while OF Jayson Werth tried his best to get the Phils back in it with a two run dinger in the sixth. However, the Phillies only got one base runner in the final two innings of play and ultimately never had a chance to complete the comeback.
With the aura of the City of Brotherly Love broken, it will be up to LHP Jonathan Sanchez to try to give the G-Men a 2-0 series lead going back home. Sanchez has had great luck against the Phils in his career, as he is 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA in nine appearances, five of which were starts. He had a fantastic outing to start his postseason in the NLDS in Game 3 against the Atlanta Braves. Sanchez pitched 7.1 sparkling innings and allowed just two hits, a walk, and a run. He fanned 11 batters, the most he has had in a game since striking out 12 against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 16th. The southpaw has had some major control issues, as 96 walks were a ton on the season, but he offsets those free passes with 205 strikeouts.
Before Halladay's dud in Game 1, RHP Roy Oswalt was the only man on this team for Philadelphia to allow a run in the postseason. He gave up four in fact, three of which were earned, in just 5.0 frames. Oswalt allowed the Cincinnati Reds to blast two homers off of him, his first dingers allowed since September 6th. The righty struck out five and walked just one, allowing five hits as well. However, Oswalt was taken off the hook by his teammates in a game that was ultimately won 7-4. San Fran has always given this right hander troubles, as he is just 6-8 with a 3.61 ERA in 17 career starts against the Giants.
We tend to think that Sanchez is going to come up with a great performance in this one, but we just don't know whether it is going to translate into a victory or not. Oswalt has been too tough to tame in general of late, and the one weak link in this rotation in the NLDS is going to want to step up and prove himself as a viable option in a rotation with two other studs. He'll outduel Sanchez and pick up the win in another close low scorer on Sunday.
Selection: Philadelphia Phillies -155