Heading into the 2010 baseball betting season the Philadelphia Phillies and the St Louis Cardinals had major expectations of not only dominating their respective divisions, but the entire National League baseball odds competition. On paper these two teams looked indestructible, but so far, things haven’t quite worked out the way they had hoped in the 2010 MLB betting action.
As we head into the second half of July neither team is currently leading their division these two teams are going to have to play their guts out to make the baseball betting playoff action. The first half of the baseball betting season has been less than memorable for both teams and they’ve got roughly 50 games to try and get themselves back into playoff form.
The Cards (52-41) are actually in a pretty good spot right now in the NL Central after beating the Phillies in the first game of this baseball odds series and with the Cincy Reds losing they are now in first place in the division (.5 game lead) and have the third best record in the NL betting. And with the strength of their pitching staff this team will likely hold onto the division lead and at the very least grab a Wild-Card berth in the MLB betting playoff action. Still, this team has failed to live up to expectations.
The same is true for the Phillies (48-44) only more so. True, this team has been racked with injuries and as players come off the DL this team will improve. But it might be too late as the Atlanta Braves have jumped out to a commanding 5.5 game lead in the NL East baseball betting standings. And the Mets have been tough as well going 49-44 so far in the 2010 baseball betting action.
And unfortunately the Phillies aren’t going to make up any ground in Wednesday’s game in St Louis. The Cards will send starter Jaime Garcia to the mound. Garcia is having a terrific year (8-4, 2.27 ERA) and despite being a bit shaky of late will get the win in this baseball betting matchup if for no other reason than his teammates should tattoo Phillies starter Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.21 ERA) whose been awful this season. He hasn’t given up less than three runs in a start since last season and his ERA will continue to expand in this loss.