Phillies vs. Yankees Game 1 2009 World Series Odds: Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, will be the site for Game 1 of the 2009 World Series Odds as the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies [+155 ML] face the sports betting odds favorites to win this year Fall Classic, the New York Yankees [-175 ML]. You can also bet on the Alternate Line, which is currently set at Phillies [+1½ (-140 ML)] vs. Yankees [-1½ (+120 ML)]!
Game 1 of the 2009 World Series Odds has a scheduled first pitch slated for 7:57 PM ET and it will be broadcasted live on FOX. According to 2009 World Series Odds makers for Game 1, the OVER/UNDER between the Phillies vs. Yankees has been officially set at a combined total of 8 runs scored. However, it’s worth noting that the odds favor the UNDER tonight.
The pitching matchup in Game 1 will consist of two lefties who were former teammates in the Cleveland Indians. These big time pitchers are also the recipients of the last two AL Cy Young Awards. For Charlie Manuel and the Phils, Cliff Lee (2009 Postseason: 2-0, 0.74 ERA) will be taking the hill tonight, as he faces Joe Girardi’s ever-imposing ace and 2009 ALCS MVP, CC Sabathia (2009 Postseason: 3-0, 1.19 ERA). “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Sabathia said.
“I think we made each other better,” Lee said. “We helped each other out as far as how we thought we should approach certain teams and just what’s the best frame of mind to have on the mound and stuff.”
It’s worth noting that Girardi has made some changes to his roster going into this 2009 World Series Odds Game 1. The Yankees added hard-throwing reliever, RHP Brian Bruney and multi-positional player/lefty power-bat, Eric Hinske. Thus, speedy Freddy Guzman and backup catcher Francisco Cervelli were removed from their 2009 World Series roster.
For the Phillies and Yankees, this is a World Series that has two very similar teams matched up. Not only do both have tremendous starting pitching, but they also posses very powerful and explosive offenses with the ability to score runs in the blink of an eye. As a matter of fact, the Phillies bring an offensive attack so loaded, that’s worthy of being in the American League.
It’s easy to see how much respect these teams have for one another. “I think we mirror each other,” Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said. “They have switch-hitters, just like us. They have power, just like us… “Ryan, along with his power, he’s also become a great hitter, and that’s bad news for the National League and bad news for us.”
“Obviously they have a lot of the star power in their lineup and all the hype that goes along with being Yankees,” 2009 NLCS MVP, Ryan Howard said. “We’re from Philadelphia.”
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