Two days after becoming the second team to ever get no-hit in a playoff game, the Cincinnati Reds will have to get back on the horse and find a way to take out the Philadelphia Phillies in MLB postseason betting action in the City of Brotherly Love.
Where else could we start than with the pitching of RHP Roy Halladay? A walk to OF Jay Bruce was the only blunder on the day for Halladay, who not only struck out eight batters and pitched a no-no, but he also had an RBI single to boot. On the flip side of things, RHP Edinson Volquez struggled mightily, allowing four runs in just 1.2 innings of work before getting the hook. OF Shane Victorino had a pair of hits and down RBIs, making him really the only offensive threat in the game. Philly only had five hits and three walks, so in total, there were only nine baserunners for the entire game.
Friday night should provide a better opportunity for the Reds, as RHP Bronson Arroyo will be on the bump. Manager Dusty Baker is probably going to kick himself for not using Arroyo in Game 1 of this series after watching Volquez get blown up. One of his top righties won 17 games this year, marking his third straight with at least 15 'W's. The problem with Arroyo is that he really isn't a big power pitcher, and he thrives on teams taking bad hacks at the ball. Opposing batters only hit .234 against him on the year, which kept his WHIP at a very low 1.15 on the season. Arroyo has a ton of postseason experience having pitched with the Boston Red Sox in crucial situations.
RHP Roy Oswalt had a svelte 3.42 ERA while pitching with the Houston Astros during the first part of the season, but he only had a 6-12 record to show for it. After getting traded to the Houston Astros though, all bets were off. He went a whopping 7-1 in 12 starts with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP. Batters only hit .186 against him while in Philly this year. Over his L/5 appearances, Oswalt only allowed two earned runs in 28 innings of work. In his career against the Reds, this righty has been phenomenal. He is 23-3 with a 2.81 ERA against them in 34 appearances, 32 of which were starts. No one has beaten Oswalt since July 30th. He is 7-0 in that stretch and has led the Phils to wins in ten out of 11.
The Reds haven't won a playoff game in 15 years, and this is going to be no exception. The Phils have now won 13 straight with Halladay, Oswalt, Joe Blanton, or Cole Hamels on the mound at home. These are going to be long MLB odds once again, but there is no way that we think that Cincinnati has the ability to get going after getting no-hit. The Reds will at least generate some offense against Oswalt... but the problem is that Philly's 'O' has really yet to wake up either.
Selection: Philadelphia Phillies -180