Diamondbacks at Brewers Game 1 MLB Playoffs 2011: The Arizona Diamondbacks (94-68) fought off defending World Champs San Francisco Giants as MLB Odds underdogs most of the 2011 MLB season before breaking away and cruising to the National League West Division championship. The story is similar with NL Central winners Milwaukee Brewers (96-66) who had to battle the Cardinals the first 4 1/2 months of the season before creating enough cushion by late August they could breathe easier. Now the playoffs season begins and all records are re-set to zero.
The Diamondbacks are visiting Milwaukee for the first two games of the NLDS beginning with Game-1 Saturday; first pitch to go 2:00 P.M. ET. Most MLB Odds shops offshore list the Brewers as slight moneyline favorites at -175 ($175 to win $100), to win this best of five game series with the Diamondbacks. Arizona backers are getting +145 odds as series underdogs.
Giovani Gallardo will start Game 1 for Milwaukee his third career start in post season play. Gallardo has been a workhorse for the Brewers going 17-10 on the year with a 3.52 ERA. Galardo won both of his starts against the D-backs this season and is 5-0 against them in his career.
Gallardo led Milwaukee in wins with 17 and strikeouts (207) while working 207 1/3 innings, and he pitched the team's only complete game. He enters the postseason on a hot streak, with a 1.77 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 20 1/3 innings in his final three regular-season starts. Ian Kennedy, a 21-game winner and a major part of the D-backs' success, is expected to take the ball in Game 1 in what will be his postseason debut. He went at least seven innings 20 times in 33 starts this season and allowed one run or fewer in 16. In the seven head to head meetings this season the D-Backs got the best of Milwaukee winning four.
With Galardo and Kennedy scheduled to start today's Game-1; oddsmakers list the Brewers -140 moneyline MLB Odds favorites with a 7-run (over/under) total. Arizona is getting +130 odds as the underdog. Get $50 in Free MLB Picks Here.