World Series Game 1 Betting Preview
Philadelphia Phillies at Tampa Bay Rays
Wednesday, 8:20 pm Eastern – FOX
SBG Global Opening Line: Phillies – PK , Total 7.5 Under -125
If the betting odds are any indication we could be in for a very good World Series. The Game One odds on Wednesday are a pick while the overall World Series odds are not much different. Tampa is a very slight favorite, mainly because they have the home field advantage. The series has a 2-3-2 format with the first two and the last two games at Tampa Bay. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Phillies on the Road.
The Phillies will send their ace, Cole Hamels on Wednesday while the Rays are expected to counter with Scott Kazmir. The one main advantage that the Phillies have in this series is Hamels. He has been brilliant in the playoffs going 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA. He won the NLCS MVP as he held the Dodgers to just three runs in 14 innings of work.
Kazmir pitched very well in his last start in Boston. He gave up just two hits in six shutout innings. The game could be very important for Kazmir’s confidence. “That game could really catapult him into the World Series and a great performance there.” Manager Joe Maddon said.
Here are the MLB betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Phillies are 5-1 in their last 6 playoff games. The Phillies are 13-3 in their last 16 games following an off day. The Phillies are 8-3 in their last 11 road games. The Phillies are 5-2 in their last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Phillies are 17-36 in their last 53 interleague games. The Phillies are 6-17 in their last 23 interleague road games. The Phillies are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. the American League East. The Phillies are 5-1 in Hamels’ last 6 starts. The Phillies are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Tampa Bay.
The Rays are 4-0 in their last 4 interleague home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Rays are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. the National League East. The Rays are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games. The Rays are 5-1 in Kazmir’s last 6 interleague starts. The Rays are 21-8 in Kazmir’s last 29 starts. The Rays are 35-17 in Kazmir’s last 52 home starts.
SBG Global Current Line: Phillies – PK , Total 7.5 Under -125
The Over is 6-1 in the Phillies last 7 interleague road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Under is 5-2 in the Phillies last 7 road games. The Under is 7-3 in the Phillies last 10 playoff games. The Under is 5-0 in Hamels’ last 5 starts overall. The Under is 4-0 in the Rays last 4 playoff home games. The Under is 6-1 in the Rays last 7 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 6-2-1 in the Rays last 9 vs. the National League East. The Under is 19-7 in the Rays last 26 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 7-1 in Kazmir’s last 8 starts overall. The Over is 5-1 in Kazmir’s last 6 home starts.
Pick: Rays 4 out of 5 units