Cardinals at Phillies Game 2 MLB Playoffs 2011: The St. Louis Cardinals failed to hold a 3-1 lead in Game-1 of the National League Divisional Series versus MLB Odds favorites Philadelphia Phillies while going against arguably the best pitcher in the National League, former Cy Young winner Roy Halladay. Instead, the flood gates opened in the sixth when Philadelphia took a 4-3 lead on a Ryan Howard homer taking the air out of the Cards upset bid for the game. The Phillies went on to win 11-6. Today, two former Cy Young Award winners do battle in Game-2, ace starting pitchers Chris Carpenter (11-9, 3.45 ERA) for the Cardinals and Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40 ERA) for the Phillies.
Online sports book Bodog.eu has Lee and the Phillies lined -195 favorites on the offshore moneyline to win today's game. Cardinal’s backers could be getting some value for a SU win getting +175 MLB Odds as the underdog. Totals bettors will risk over or under on the posted 7.0 combined run total.
Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa is taking a risk by starting Carpenter on only three days rest since his last start in Houston. The right-hander has never started on short rest in the Major Leagues, and that has to be a bit of a concern. But he's coming off an efficient game in Houston, and his history as a big-game and playoff pitcher is well-established.
Carpenter won both of his starts against the Phillies this season, allowing one run over 15 innings. On Sept. 18, he tossed eight scoreless innings in a victory at Citizens Bank Park, getting 11 ground-ball outs along the way.
To get up to the minute MLB Odds on the 2011 NLDS and ALDS click on the highlighted link provided. Lee spurned more money from the Yankees and Rangers and lived up to his the hype in his return campaign with the Phillies. He threw a remarkable six shutouts and proved nearly unhittable in both June and August. Can he repeat in October? Lee was dominating in his last start of the regular season Sept. 26, giving up only two earned runs to the Atlanta Braves and collecting his 17th win. Get $50 in Free MLB Picks Here.