|Written by Brock Lanning|
|Wednesday, 21 October 2009 14:46|
The Philadelphia Phillies will try and clinch the National League Championship Series on Wednesday at 8:07pm EST on TBS as they host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of MLB playoffs odds. The Dodgers blew Game 4 on Monday as closer Jonathan Broxton gave up two runs in the 9th to lose the game and put the Dodgers in a huge hole down three games to one. Game 5 MLB playoffs odds favor the Phillies and pitcher Cole Hamels on Wednesday against the Dodgers and pitcher Vicente Padilla. Philadelphia is a -145 favorite with a total of 8.5 at online sportsbooks.
The Phillies will be giving the ball to Hamels as they look to close out the series. He has not pitched that well this season even though he got the win in game 1 of MLB playoffs in this series. He allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. "It's a new year -- I've gone through different and new struggles, different successes," Hamels said, "I think when you start putting those thoughts in your head, you put more added pressure, because last year in those same situations, I wasn't thinking about that." The Phillies can become the first team since the 1995-96 Braves to win two straight National League titles in the MLB playoffs.
The Dodgers will go with Vicente Padilla in this must-win game. He has been the best pitcher for Los Angeles in the MLB playoffs. He allowed just one run in 7 1/3 innings against the Phillies in Game 2. He has not lost a decision since coming to the Dodgers. There are only two teams in National League Championship game history that have blown 3-1 leads in MLB playoffs odds so history is against the Dodgers. The Dodgers are 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. The Dodgers are 1-4 in their last 5 playoff road games. The Dodgers are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Dodgers are 4-0 in Padilla’s last 4 starts. The Dodgers are 10-25 in the last 35 meetings in Philadelphia.
The Phillies are 4-0 in MLB playoffs odds for their last 4 League Championship home games. The Phillies are 33-12 in their last 45 games as a home favorite. The Phillies are 1-4 in Hamels' last 5 starts. The Phillies are 5-1 in Hamels' last 6 starts vs. the Dodgers. The Over is 6-1 in the Dodgers last 7 games as an underdog. The Over is 8-3 in the Dodgers last 11 road games. The Over is 8-3-2 in the Dodgers last 13 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 5-1-1 in the Phillies last 7 games in MLB playoffs odds. The Over is 11-3-2 in the Phillies last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Over is 6-2-2 in the Phillies last 10 home games. The Under is 4-1-1 in Hamels' last 6 home starts. The Over is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia between the two teams.
Lanning's MLB Playoffs Picks: I see the Phillies gaining momentum in the playoffs and with Hamels pitching at home, how can you go wrong? My MLB pick for Game 5 of the NLCS between Philadelphia and Los Angeles will be to take Phillies -145 at home to the OVER in a 2-team parlay. Vegas odds at Caesars sportsbook have the Phillies -145 favorites against the Dodgers +130 with a betting total of 8.5 OVER -115.
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