Philadelphia Phillies (76-73 ) vs Atlanta Braves (83-67)Date : 09/20/2018
Time : 7:35 PM ET
Location : SunTrust Park
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Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves
The Braves will welcome the Phillies to Sun Trust Park. The two top teams in the NL East will face off in a four-game series starting on Thursday. Game one starts at 7:35 PM ET. This will be their 5th meeting of the season, the Braves hold a 3-1 series lead over the Phillies.
Philadelphia Phillies's Latest Performance :
The Phillies will begin their last road trip of the season against the division rivals the Braves. They are 31-42 when playing on the road this season. The Phillies are six games behind for the Wild Card spot in the National League division. The playoffs chances of the Phillies are looking slim but they are not fully out of the picture just yet if they had one more push in them. The Phillies are 14th in pitching with a 3.97 ERA and 21st in batting with 637 runs scored this season. The Phillies will have to be nearly perfect in their last 13 games if they want to make the playoffs. After a great start to the season, the Phillies are hoping to start off this last road trip on the right foot.
Probable Pitcher: Vince Velasquez, he gave up four runs in two innings during his start against the Marlins on Saturday. He is 9-11 with a 4.50 ERA he has a 156:56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 140 innings spread over 28 starts. He will look to bounce back against the Braves on Thursday.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Braves will cap off their nine-game homestand against the Phillies. The Braves are currently on a three-game home losing streak they are still 6 1/2 games ahead of the second place Phillies. The Braves must do a better job when playing at home because they are only 38-37 when playing at home this season. Being only one game above .500 could affect the young Braves team when are playing in the postseason. The Braves are 7th in batting and pitching with 705 runs scored and a 3.73 ERA respectively. Having an advantage at home when playing at home in the playoffs is huge so the Braves when to end this homestand on a positive note.
The Braves will need Freddie Freeman veteran presence in the locker room in order for the Braves to clinch the NL East division. He will have to be the closer for the team. He has been batting really well for the team he is slashing .304/.385/.498 with 89 RBIs and 22 homers on the season.
Probable Pitcher: Julio Teheran, he allowed two runs on three hits over his four innings of work against the Nationals in his last start. He is 9-8 on the season with a 3.97 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. He will make his return to the mound Thursday against the Phillies.
How Philadelphia Phillies & Atlanta Braves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Braves are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
Phillies are 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Atlanta Braves
My reason for the pick :
The Braves will play well at home against the Phillies as they are inches away from clinching the NL East division title. The Braves offense led by Freeman will show up against the Phillies as they will need to learn to close out games at home before the playoffs begin. The Phillies have been struggling on the road all season long and that will unlikely change at this point of the season. It is tough to see a Phillies team who started off the season out great but could not maintain the consistency while the Braves are playing their best baseball this season as they prepare themselves for the postseason.
The Braves to take the series opener from the Phillies at home.
Betting trends for Philadelphia Phillies:
- Phillies are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. National League East.
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Braves are 3-11 in their last 14 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.