2010 MLB Playoff Predictions: San Francisco vs Philadelphia MLB Odds & Expert FREE MLB Picks

phillies-pat-burrell2010 MLB Playoff Predictions: San Francisco vs Philadelphia MLB Odds & Expert FREE MLB Picks: The Philadelphia Phillies are Las Vegas MLB odds favorites at -250 to win the NLCS and 5/4 MLB picks favorites to win the 2010 World Series. More adventurous MLB gamblers may like the Vegas odds of the “other” N.L. team, the San Francisco Giants; they are listed at +155 to beat the Phillies for the N.L. crown and 11-2 to win it all. It all starts Saturday, October 16th, at 7:30 ET at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Game 1 is a huge MLB playoff picks match-up. The buzz surrounding this MLB predictions contest and appropriately so, is the pitching matchup of the Phillies’ Roy Halladay against the Giants’ Tim Lincecum. Halladay pitched a no hitter his last time out, the second in MLB playoff history, while Lincecum pitched a nine inning two-hit shutout in his first ever playoff start.

Looking further into the statistics for this MLB picks contest, Lincecum has a 2.16 ERA against Philly in 2010, while Halladay’s 2010 ERA is 6.43 vs. the Giants. That evens the odds up a bit as Lincecum is 7-3 on the road this year and has showed the ability to rise in pressure packed situations.

T.L. has won the National Leagues’ Cy Young Award in both 2008 and 2009 and R.H. is a shoe in to win it this year. MLB betting fans couldn’t ask for any more drama, unless of course these two pitchers have to go up against one another in a NLCS Game 7. Both the Phillies and the Giants have deep enough starting rotations to allow their aces rest between starts, so this series will become a chess match between Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy and Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel. Look for plenty of duels between closing pitchers Brian Wilson for the Giants, and Brad Lidge of the Phillies.

I suspect that San Francisco’s pitching will be able to slow down the Phillies enough to make this series go 7 games and I’ll take the Giants as Las Vegas MLB odds underdogs at +1½(-155) to keep this a one run ballgame.

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