Cardinals Game 4 MLB Playoffs 2011: The Philadelphia Phillies, MLB Odds favorites to win the 2011 World Series, will be looking forward to return home after NLDS Game-4 tonight (6:30 p.m. ET in St. Louis. However, they'd prefer not to play another game until Game-1 of the NLCS next weekend. If the Phillies are victorious versus the Cardinals in Game-4, they win the NLDS; if they lose tonight, a deciding Game-5 will be played Friday back at Citizens Bank Park.
The Phillies turn to an old veteran, right-hander Roy Oswalt, who after a decade with the Houston Astros, is no stranger to pitching in big games at St. Louis. The Cardinals give the ball to right-hander Edwin Jackson, who came to the Cardinals in a last minute deal before the trade deadline in July. Jackson went 5-2 in 13 games with a 3.58 ERA following the trade. Oswalt went 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA. The Phillies are favored to close the series out tonight lined -116 MLB Odds favorites.
Jackson has been arguably St. Louis' best starter since late July. He allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine of 12 starts, pitching at least six innings in 10 out of 12.The last time Oswalt pitched in St. Louis in the postseason he sent the Astros to their first and only World Series. He is looking forward to repeating the feat, either sending the Phillies to the NLCS or keeping their season alive for a Game 5.
The Cardinals had a chance to take the series lead over the Phillies in Game-3 against starter Cole Hamels but failed to move players from the base paths to the plate. Cards Game-3 starter Jaime Garcia was cruising along but one bad pitch to Phillies pinch-hitter Ben Francisco resulted with the ball flying over the fence in the seventh with two men on base for a three run homer. The Cards fought back to rally for two runs in the eighth but couldn't finish leaving a couple men on.
MLB Odds experts offshore at sportsbook BetOnline.com list the Phillies as -116 moneyline odds favorites with a 7 1/2 total. Cardinals backers are getting +105 odds as underdogs. Get $50 in Free MLB Picks Here.