Diamondbacks vs Brewers Game 5 MLB Playoffs 2011 Odds: The New York Yankees became the second casualty of this year’s postseason, as they were eliminated at home by the Detroit Tigers last night. With two Game 5s scheduled for Friday, two more teams will either go home or stay home empty handed by the time the days is over. Get $50 in Free MLB Picks Here!
The first game on this MLB Playoffs 2011 slate takes us to Miller Park, the site for the elimination game between the visiting (2-2) Arizona Diamondbacks [-163 ML] taking on the MLB Betting Odds favorite (2-2) Milwaukee Brewers [+143 ML]. This, do-or-die, Game 5 is set to get underway this evening at 5 PM ET and you can catch all the Playoffs 2011 action on TBS Sports.
With their backs against the wall, the D-Backs did exactly what they were supposed to do, protecting their home field and forcing a decisive game 5 in which anything can happen. And anything can happen is what I’m predicting for this one, as I believe tonight’s starter for Arizona, RHP Ian Kennedy (2011 NLDS: 0-1, 5.40 ERA) will send his team to the National League Championship Series with a stellar outing.
In his last start, Kennedy didn’t get much run support from his guys, as he pitched 6.2 innings allowing 8 hits and 4 earned runs. That was the first time Kennedy had started in the postseason. Thus, I believe his second start will be much better, now that he knows exactly what to expect when he steps on that Miller Park mound.
"I was willing to do anything, anything possible, just to help out in any possible way," Kennedy said of the possibility of being used off the bullpen in the last two games at Chase Field. "I mean, a lot of guys try to come back in three days' rest, and I was going to try to help any possible way I can. Luckily, it worked out and we played well here at home."
For the betting favorite Brewers, they will put their best home record in baseball in the hands of RHP Yovani Gallardo (2011 NLDS: 1-0, 1.13 ERA) in Game 5. Gallardo pitched a very clean game in the series opener, going 8 innings, allowing just 4 hits, one earned run, walking one and punching out 9 D-Backs. Can this 25-year-old kid have a repeat performance with everything on the line?
It’s clear that the momentum has shifted in the D-Backs direction after back-to-back blow out victories. I said it before and I will say it again: Arizona reminds me exactly of how the San Francisco Giants finished the season a year ago, and how they went into the postseason. Hence, I’m picking the Diamondbacks to upset the Brewers tonight in their home park!
“I think a lot of teams really play off of momentum changes,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “I think our team hasn't really been that way this year. I think we've been in so many ups and downs that they're really good at turning the page. They don't necessarily worry about that bad game that they played the day before. They'll bounce back and have a nice game.