Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Odds Preview Picks - 09/30/2021
Game Time: 7:20 pm ET, Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
Venue: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
Where to Watch: NBCSP, Bally Sports South, FS1
Opening MLB Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Moneyline: Philly +130 Atlanta -150; Over/Under: 8 runs
BetMGM: Moneyline: Philly +130 Atlanta -150; Over/Under: 8.5 runs
VegasInsider: Moneyline: Philly +130 Atlanta -150; Over/Under: 8.5 runs
Phillies: 81-76 (2nd place, NL East)
Braves: 84-72 (1st place, NL East)
There is a battle brewing in Thursday night’s game. The Phillies will get their last chance to jump a full game up in the standings. It’s a game they absolutely need if they want to get lucky and catch Atlanta in first place. They are 3 games back with six to play… so maybe they can’t… but stranger things have happened than a 2nd place team winning out and hoping the 1st place team gets some losses.
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Phillies vs Braves Preview and Analysis
Philly is 6-4 over their last ten games. Logging 2 Overs, 7 Unders, and 1 Push. They went 1-1 against the New York Mets, 2-1 against the Baltimore Orioles, 3-1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and opened 0-1 in this series with the Braves.
The Braves are 8-2 over their last ten games. Notching 4 Overs and 6 Unders. They went 1-1 against the San Francisco Giants, 3-1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-0 against the San Diego Padres, and 1-0 to start this series against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 17th in team batting average .241, 11th in runs scored 719, and 14th in home runs 192. They are headed toward a postseason wild card, do they have enough on offense?
The Braves are 12th in team batting average .243, 9th in runs scored 764, 3rd in home runs 232. The Braves are in control of the National League East. If they handle this Phillies three-game series, of which they are the host, they will clinch 1st.
The Phillies are 20th in team ERA 4.40, 9th in strikeouts 1435, 16th in WHIP 1.29. Pitching isn’t the strength in Philadelphia… and neither is the offense. They dig out wins from grinding and doing better recently than they did all season long.
The Braves are 10th in team ERA 3.92, 14th in strikeouts 1380, 12th in WHIP 1.25. The Braves have been a rock all season long. They haven’t been elite, but they have been enough for the NL Central crown.
Phillies vs Braves Prediction
Our prediction for Thursday, September 30th is… Phillies 5 - Braves 2
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MLB Betting Trends
The Phillies are 40-31 against NL East opponents +7.1 Units
The Phillies are 32-32 as underdogs +9.0 Units
The Braves are 38-37 in home games -15.5 Units
The Braves are 25-30 following 1 run games -13.7 Units
Phillies: Matt Moore SP Out 60 Day IL * Connor Brogdon RP Out 10 Day IL
Braves: Ronald Acuna Jr RF Out * Mike Soroka SP Out
Players to Watch
The Phillies will start righty Kyle Gibson on the mound 10-8, 3.60 ERA, 147 SO 177.2 IP, WHIP 1.22. “Gibby” as his teammates call him is a reliable, proven vet. He’s probably better served as a middle reliever but he is a starter for the Phillies.
The Braves will start right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson 8-5, 3.60 ERA, 122 SO in 122 IP, 1.24 Whip. Ian debuted in August of 2020 and this season is making a case for fulfilling that #3 of the first round pick status Atlanta conveyed on him in 2016. Future Ace.
“You’ve got to keep grinding,” -Phillies Manager Joe Girardi
“We have five games to play and they’re all huge,” - Braves Manager Brian Snitker
O. Herrera, CF
J. Segura, 2B
B. Harper, RF
J. Realmuto, C
B. Miller, 1B
A. McCutchen, LF
D. Gregorius, SS
F. Galvis, 3B
J. Soler, RF
F. Freeman, 1B
O. Albies, 2B
A. Riley, 3B
E. Rosario, LF
T. d'Arnaud, C
J. Pederson, RF
D. Swanson, SS
Batting Average: Bryce Harper .313
Hits: Jean Segura 148
Wins: Zach Wheeler 14
Saves: Hector Neris 12
Holds: Jose Alvarado 16
Batting Average: Austin Riley .303
RBI: Ozzie Albies 103
Hits: Freddie Freeman 175
Wins: Charlie Morton 13
ERA: Max Fried 3.12
Saves: Will Smith 35
Holds: Luke Jackson 29
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