Phillies World Series Odds Slide on Halladay Injury News

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 18: Roy Halladay #34 of the Philadelphia Phillies is taken off the field by a triner against the Chicago Cubs on July 18, 2011 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Halladay left the game in the fifth inning.The Cubs defeated the Phillies 6-1. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

They were a preseason favorite to win their sixth straight NL East title as well as the World Series, but the Philadelphia Phillies continue to tumble down the baseball futures betting list.

The latest setback came Tuesday when Roy Halladay was shut down for six to eight weeks to rest his wonky shoulder. With Ryan Howard and Chase Utley on the DL indefinitely, bettors are starting to fade the Phillies.

"We moved them to 14/1 from 11/1 this morning on the Halladay news," said Kevin Bradley of Bovada. "They are down to 5/1 from 4/1 to win the National League as well."

The Halladay shutdown, combined with Roy Oswalt's sudden signing in Texas, was one reason.Oswalt was a rumored short-term fix for the Phillies, having played there last season.

The continued solid play of the Washington Nationals and the strength of the Atlanta Braves also play a role in the fading Philly fortunes, according to Mike Pickett of OddsShark.com.

Looking at some of Wednesday's baseball betting action Johnny Cueto and the first-place Reds are listed as -130 favorites at AJ Burnett and the Pirates; Tim Hudson and the Braves are -125 faves over Kyle Lohse and the Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers are -165 chalk over Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers; Jon Lester and the BoSox are -135 favorites over Drew Smyly and the Tigers; and Ervin Santana and the streaking Angels are -115 faves over Ivan Nova and the Yankees.

Here's a quick look at Wednesday's full baseball betting board, with starting pitchers and betting trends, odds courtesy of Oddsshark.com.

Kansas City +115 at Cleveland -120, Total 8.5 - Bruce Chen (3-5) | Jeanmar Gomez (3-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 7 of Kansas City's last 9 games when playing Cleveland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Cleveland's last 5 games

Chi White Sox +126 at Tampa Bay -131, Total 7.5 - Jose Quintana (1-0) | Alex Cobb (2-0) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Chi White Sox are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tampa Bay's last 8 games when playing Chi White Sox

Oakland +108 at Minnesota -113, Total 9 - Tyson Ross (2-5) | Francisco Liriano (0-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Oakland's last 13 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Minnesota's last 13 games when playing at home against Oakland

San Diego +125 at Chi Cubs -130 - Anthony Bass (2-4) | Ryan Dempster (0-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego's last 6 games when playing Chi Cubs
Chi Cubs are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against San Diego

Cincinnati -122 at Pittsburgh +117, Total 7 - Johnny Cueto (5-2) | AJ Burnett (3-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Cincinnati's last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing Cincinnati

Baltimore +121 at Toronto -126, Total 8.5 - Jason Hammel (6-1) | Brandon Morrow (5-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games

Philadelphia -141 at NY Mets +136, Total 7 - Cliff Lee (0-2) | Dillon Gee (4-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing NY Mets
The total has gone OVER in 5 of NY Mets's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia

St. Louis +108 at Atlanta -113, Total 8 - Kyle Lohse (5-1) | Tim Hudson (3-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games

Washington +158 at Miami -164, Total 8 - Chien-Ming Wang (0-0) | Josh Johnson (2-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington's last 6 games when playing Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing Washington

Detroit +135 at Boston -140, Total 9.5 - Drew Smyly (2-1) | Jon Lester (3-4) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Detroit

Seattle +220 at Texas -230, Total 10 - Blake Beaven (2-4) | Derek Holland (4-3) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 6 games

Houston +142 at Colorado -147, Total 10 - Lucas Harrell (4-3) | Christian Friedrich (2-1) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Colorado
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Colorado's last 5 games

NY Yankees +104 at LA Angels -109, Total 8.5 - Ivan Nova (5-2) | Ervin Santana (2-6) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: NY Yankees are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games
LA Angels are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games

Milwaukee +147 at LA Dodgers -152, Total 6 - Yovani Gallardo (3-4) | Clayton Kershaw (4-2) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Milwaukee's last 12 games when playing LA Dodgers
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of LA Dodgers's last 12 games when playing Milwaukee

Arizona +118 at San Francisco -123, Total 7 - Ian Kennedy (3-5) | Tim Lincecum (2-5) | Matchup Report | SBNation MLB Odds
Trends: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Arizona's last 5 games
San Francisco is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

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