Major League Baseball World Series
Philadelphia at New York Yankees -170 (Total 8 UNDER): The Yankees opened at -160 and was immediately bet up to -170. There’s lots of support for the line move, mostly because their ace C.C. Sabathia is on the mound, and he’s been a stellar 12-1 since August. Moreover, his ERA in the post season is just 1.19 (three starts). For the Phillies, Cliff Lee, who was once a teammate of Sabathia in Cleveland. Lee has been nearly as unbeatable as his old friend: Lee is 12-4 since July 16, and his ERA in the post season is an eye-popping 0.74 (in three starts). In the 2-3-2 format of the World Series, these first two games are critical to New York. If they lose one (or both) they could been in trouble at Philadelphia. The Phillies won’t be intimated by the Yanks. They won two out of three in the Bronx earlier this season, and they own the Majors’ best road record. Tonight’s game should be a classic pitcher’s duel, with runs at a premium and lots of strikeouts. The price is too high for this match-up; the Phillies are too good. Give the National Leaguers the nod in the first game. Philadelphia +155, lean to UNDER 8.