Atlanta Braves (27-17) vs Philadelphia Phillies (26-17)Date : 05/22/2018
Time : 7:05 PM ET
Location : Citizens Bank Park
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Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies
This matchup will be between the top two teams in the NL East division. The Phillies will welcome the Braves to Citizens Bank Park for a 3 game series, this will be the fourth meeting this season for these two teams, the Braves are currently leading the season series 3-0.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Braves will have to face their biggest challenge of the season yet, as they will hit the road to play the Phillies assuming that they beat the Cards both teams will have the same record and only one team can come out on top when this series is all set and done. The Braves have surprised a lot of teams this season winning 8 of their last 11 games, they are ranked 3rd best in the Major with 233 runs scored this season. With both teams equally matched it will all come down to who has a better day. The Braves this season has been playing really well on the road they have a record of 17-8. The Braves have developed a winning environment as you can clearly see the impressive batting from Ozzie is starting to wear off on others batters as well.
Ender Inciarte went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. He has finally overcome his 2 for 18 slumps he responded with 3 singles. This was the outfielder’s sixth game of at least three hits this year. He is slashing .272/.327/.383 in 43 games.
Ozzie continues to impress as he added 2 more RBIs giving him 33 RBIs on the season, he will have to go up against Herrera who is also on an impressive hitting streak. He has a .277 batting average with 13 home runs, 33 RBI, 40 runs scored and six stolen bases. He is tied for the major league lead in home runs and is second in runs scored. He will have the opportunity to show that his Braves are legit contenders this season as they will head to Phillies and try to win on the road against a very strong home team.
Pitching for the Braves will be Brandon McCarthy. He allowed one run on five hits in six innings against the Cubs on Wednesday but had to settle for a no-decision. He punched out eight batters against two walks. The only run he let in come on an RBI-single by Kris Bryant in the fifth frame. He has a 4-2 record with a 5.05 ERA and 1.64 WHIP after nine starts.
Philadelphia Phillies's Latest Performance :
The Phillies are on the verge of winning the series against the Cards. With that win, the Phillies will have the same record as the Braves at 27-17 and with a chance to go on top of the NL East division. The Phillies when playing at home are 16-6 so they will be ready for the young Braves. The reason behind the Phillies success has been their terrific pitching they are ranked 7th in the league with an ERA of 3.52.
Odubel Herrera extended his on-base streak to 45 games it is now the longest streak in the Major as he hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs. The homer was his seventh of the year, giving him 30 RBI and 24 runs scored. He has reached base in 45 straight games dating back to last year, he is slashing .353/.420/.558. He will have a huge impact on the game against Atlanta because he will need to show the young batters how its done and playing at home will definitely benefit his chances.
Carlos Santana has now got 8 homers this season, it was the fifth for Santana in his last eight games. is hitting .195/.309/.443 with 28 RBI and 28 runs scored on the year. Santana must realize that Herrera can’t do it alone as he will have to be the batter that plays well alongside him, playing the against the Braves will be the biggest challenge for this Phillies team this season.
Pitching for the Phillies will be Vince Velasquez. He shut out the Cardinals over 6 1/3 innings en route to a 6-2 Phillies win Thursday. He scattered five hits and two walks during his time, striking out five in the win. It was his third win in a row. In nine starts overall, he’s got a 4.37 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings.
How Atlanta Braves & Philadelphia Phillies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Braves are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15
Against The Spread Selection: Philadelphia Phillies
My reason for the pick :
Both teams are equally matched, but with the way the Phillies are playing at home, it makes it hard for me not to bet against them. The Phillies should come out on top but it will be a very close game. Herrera on-base streaks will not be broken as he will show everyone why he is one of the elite pitchers in MLB. As for the Braves, inexperience and youth will get to them in this one.
Phillies to win at home over the Braves.
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Braves are 13-3 in their last 16 road games.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies:
- Phillies are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.