World Series game one: Phillies at Rays
With both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Philadelphia Phillies sending out their aces in game one we may be looking at game one of the World Series being something of a pitching duel.
The Rays hand the ball to hard throwing lefty Scott Kazmir and he will be looking to overpower an impressive looking Philadelphia line-up. The young Texan has been the star of the Rays pitching staff for the past couple of years despite being just 24 years old and if he is on form he can be unhittable. He is predominantly a strikeout pitcher and for success he will have to rely on getting ahead early in the count. He produced a stellar performance in game five of the ALCS against Boston as he threw six innings of scoreless ball only for his bullpen to give up the lead in spectacular fashion.
The Phillies choice of starting pitcher was far more simple as Cole Hamels gets the nod. Like Kazmir, Hamels is a 24 year old left hander with great stuff. His two wins in the NLCS won him the series MVP award and he looks to be peaking at the right time. If the Rays have the psychological edge due to home field advantage it unlikely to affect the unflappable Hamels. The manner in which he closed out the final game against the Dodgers in the Championship Series suggests he thrives on clutch situations and a game one of the World Series does not come anymore clutch.
All looks set for a tight contest and it may come down to which side has the stronger bullpen. William Hill are currently offering odds of 4/5 that there will be less than 7.5 total runs in the game. Take a look at our full range of baseball betting.