Philadelphia Phillies at Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 3 Pick: The Philadelphia Phillies took care of business winning games one and two of the National League Championship Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Now the series moves to Los Angeles for games 3-5 at Dodgers Stadium beginning with Game-1 Sunday night. If the Phillies can get a win today behind 46 year old starter Jamie Moyer, it would deal a critical blow to the Dodgers still looking for their first win. Moyer started 33 games during the regular season going 16-8 with a 3.71 ERA. Los Angeles will counter Moyer with righthander Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda, in his rookie year following a career in Japan, went 9-10 in 31 starts with a 3.73 ERA.
Oddsmakers at online sportsbook Bodog (Bodoglife.com) currently have the Dodgers listed as 155-moneyline favorites versus the Phillies, while the game's total is sitting at 8. The Phillies are getting +140 money line odds.
Moyer has provided consistency to the Phils' starting rotation this season, leading the team in regular-season victories, with 16. He also has League Championship Series experience under his belt, having won in his only start for the Mariners during the 2001 ALCS against the Yankees. Moyer has not faced the Dodgers in 2008.
Kuroda had never pitched in a postseason game until he clinched the National League Division Series against the Cubs, when he didn't look like a rookie in pitching 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He pitched well in a tough no-decision in Philadelphia on Aug. 24, allowing one run in six innings. He was even better beating the Phillies in Los Angeles 10 days earlier, allowing one run in seven innings. He will be pitching on eight days' rest. His ERA this year with more than four days' rest is 2.86.
The Phillies scored four runs in two consecutive innings on Friday, as they defeated the Dodgers 8-5 in Game 2 of this series. The Phillies won the game as a -105 pick'em, while the 13 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (8.5).
Shane Victorino had two hits and drove in four runs to lead the Phillies, while Brett Myers had three RBIs. Myers earned the win, and Brad Lidge notched his second straight save in the best-of-seven series.
Manny Ramirez belted a three-run homer in a losing effort for the Dodgers. Chad Billingsley surrendered all eight runs and was saddled with the loss.
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