Defending World Champions Philadelphia Philles head to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in game 1 of the 2009 NLCS. This years National League Championship is a rematch of last year, where the Philadelphia Phillies came out on top in five games and went on to win the World Series. The Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies in the NLDS in four games. The Los Angeles Dodgers surprised a lot of people by sweeping the talented St Louis Cardinals in three games in their NLDS series. Phillies are sending pitcher Cole Hamels to the mound in game 1 of the NLCS. Hamels is 0-1 this postseason, pitching 5 innings allowing 7 hits and 4 earned runs against. The Dodgers are starting lefty pitcher Clayton Kershaw in game one. Kershaw has started one postseason game so far, where he pitched 6.2 innings giving up 9 hits and only 2 earned runs to give him a no decision in the start. This NLCS opening game between the Phillies and Dodgers should be exciting – game time is 8:07 PM EST and will be broadcasted on TBS. Phillies vs Dodgers betting predictions, line, and trends can be found below.
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Phillies vs Dodgers Betting Line:
Philadelphia Phillies (+127)
vs Los Angeles Dodgers (-137)
Philadelphia Phillies +1.5 (-190)
vs Los Angeles Dodgers -1.5 (+160)
Over 7.5 (+100)
Under 7.5 (-120)
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Phillies vs Dodgers Betting Trends:
Phillies are 6-1 in their last 7 playoff games
Dodgers are 5-0 in their last 5 overall
Under is 8-2-1 in Hamels’ last 11 starts
Under is 4-0 in Kershaws last 4 homes starts
Phillies are 4-1 in Hamels’ last 5 starts vs Dodgers
Phillies vs Dodgers Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – Dodgers 5 Phillies 3
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Line – Stick with the money line on this Phillies vs Dodgers NLCS game 1. Bet on the Dodgers to win straight up on the money line at -137. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has looked like the better pitcher between him and Hamels this year. Although Hamels had a great season last year winning the World Series MVP, Kershaw had a 2.79 ERA on the season compared to Hamels 4.32 ERA. Kershaw was stellar in their division clinching game against the Rockies on October 3rd pitching for six scoreless innings, and looked good in his first start in these playoffs. Click here to bet on the Dodgers on the money line.
Over/Under – Bet the OVER 7.5 total runs at +100. Although the betting trends are poitning towards the under in this game, the value here is on the over at +100. Phillies pitcher Hamels gave up 7 hits in 5 innings in his postseason start, and although Kershaw only gave up 2 runs, he gave up 9 hits in 6.2 innings pitched. The Phillies and Dodgers can both swing the bats, and if the pitchers are going to be putting runners on base they both will be able to score some runs. Look for this Phillies vs Dodgers NLCS opening game to go slightly over the 7.5 run total. Click here to bet the OVER at Bodog.com.