It's an unexpected National League Championship Series matchup between Wild Card teams starting tonight – the first LCS with two teams that had fewer than 90 regular-season wins – as the Philadelphia Phillies visit the San Diego Padres in Game 1. The Phillies are short underdogs at BetMGM but are 3-1 on the road this postseason and taking 62% of the tickets for the opener and 58% of the money.
The 87-win Phillies upset the 101-win defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves in four games in the NLDS, while the 89-win Padres shocked the 111-win NL West Dodgers in four games as well. It's the first trip to the NLCS for Philadelphia since 2010 and the first for San Diego since 1998. The condensed playoff schedule means the best-of-seven series will be played over eight days rather than the usual nine. The off day is following Game 2.
There was one notable roster move made today for the Phillies as high-leverage reliever David Robertson, acquired around the Trade Deadline from the Cubs, is on the roster. Robertson did not pitch in the NLDS because he strained his right calf jumping in the air to celebrate Bryce Harper's second-inning home run in Game 2 of the Wild-Card series. Only a baseball player could get hurt like that. The right-hander has a 2.70 ERA in 22 games with the Phils.
It's a good pitching matchup tonight between Zack Wheeler and Yu Darvish. Wheeler was 12-7 with a 2.82 ERA during the regular season and faced the Padres on May 18 in Philadelphia. He threw seven shutout innings with only four hits allowed and nine strikeouts. Wheeler is 0-1 with a 2.19 ERA in two starts this postseason.
Darvish was 16-8 with a 3.10 ERA in the regular season and 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts vs. the Phillies. Darvish is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in these playoffs, but this will be his first outing at home.
The total tonight is 6.5 and 80% of the money and 72% of wagers are on the Over.
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