By Skip Charles in Vegas
The Phillies are slight underdogs to the Padres because San Diego has the home field advantage in the best-of-7 NLCS:
Both have quality top-end pitching.
The Padres may have a slight edge in the starter department with Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove.
The Phillies have Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, then things fall off a bit, though Ranger Suarez will be tough.
The Phillies have used a lot of timely hitting. Bryce Harper has three HRs in six games this postseason. He’s looked like the reigning NL MVP. Nick Castellanos came alive in the NLDS, going 5-for-16 with five RBI in four games against the Braves. The Phillies will need Kyle Schwarber to wake up in the NLCS. He’s got just one hit in 20 ABs this postseason. Rhys Hoskins also got it going in the NLDS after struggling vs. the Cardinals.
The Phillies feel like the value from a betting perspective.
It’s also hard to argue with the Phils offense, having scored at least six runs in four of six games this postseason.