The biggest move in the baseball betting offseason last year was the Philadelphia Phillies landing starting pitcher Roy Halladay. Halladay was the biggest target in the MLB odds offseason and the Phillies stunned landed him, beating out such big spenders as the Yankees and the Red Sox (both division rivals of Halladay’s former team the Toronto Blue Jays).
Through the first few months of this MLB betting season Halladay’s acquisition looked like a stroke of genius and bolstered a Philly pitching staff that had lacked at times in the past. However, the past few months of the baseball betting season have not been quite so sweet and the while the honeymoon might not be over yet, it’ certainly been stalled due to his declining results in the recent baseball betting matchups.
Halladay has lost 5 of his last 8 starts.
But while that may have soured some MLB betting fans on the right-hander a closer examination of the stats reveals that he’s been as good as ever. While his loss total has crept up over the past two months of the MLB odds competition he’s still maintained an ERA of 2.40 and been in innings eater for the bullpen deprived Phillies. He just threw back to back complete games and has averaged almost 8 innings per game over his last 10 starts.
Anyone that has judged Halladay’s performance by his recent losses is off base. True, he’s given up a few runs over the past 10 starts (twice giving up more than 5 ER in a game) but when you look at the total body of work and the complete games he’s as good as ever and still one of the top pitchers in baseball betting.
The Phillies (48-45) have been racked with injuries this season and otherwise sub-par pitching. The team is struggling to remain relevant in the NL East (7.0 games back) and desperately need a win.
The Rockies (51-42) on the other hand are right in the thick of the NL West (3.0 games back) and are hungry to get back into the MLB betting playoff action.
However, this is a game that Halladay will win and the Phillies will finally get a win and stop their losing streak.