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The St. Louis Cardinals have chased down the Atlanta Braves in the 2011 NL Wildcard race, meaning that on the final day of the baseball season, it could be for it all.
The Cardinals and Braves are dead even for the wildcard berth with one more game remaining, and if tied after tonight, it would mean a one-game playoff for all of the marbles, with the loser going home.
The first match up of the night will be when the Braves host the Phillies with the first pitch at 7:05pm ET. Coverage of this one will be picked up on ESPN2.
Oddsmakers on the Latest MLB Betting Odds at Bodog Sportsbook have installed the Braves as the 1.5-run favorite on the run line. But at this betting line, Atlanta is going off at +110, compared to Philadelphia at -130, indicating that the Phillies are the slight favorite to cover.
But on the moneyline, or straight up wager, the Braves are going off as a -200 favorite to win the game. The Phillies have been installed at +180.
Philadelphia will start Joe Blanton on the mound, while Atlanta will put their fate in Tim Hudson.
The other important game in the NL Wildcard race matches St. Louis and Houston. The Cardinals have captured the first two games of the series, and will try to complete the sweep on Wednesday night.
This game starts at 8:05pm ET.
But on the moneyline, St. Louis has been set as a -190 favorite to win the game, meaning that oddsmakers favor a one-game playoff with both the Braves and Cardinals getting the victory on the final day of the MLB regular season.
Odds Courtesy of Bodog
Philadelphia Phillies Joe Blanton (R) +1½ (-130)
Atlanta Braves Tim Hudson (R) -1½ (+110)
St. Louis Cardinals Chris Carpenter (R) -1½ (-120)
Houston Astros Brett Myers (R) +1½ (EVEN)