Philadelphia Phillies (81-68) vs. Atlanta Braves (96-53)
At this late point in MLB season, all eyes are focused on the National League East showdown between Philadelphia Phillies (81-68 record) and Atlanta Braves (96-53) in Truist Park on Monday September 18th at 7:20PM ET for an action-packed duel that promises not only high-quality but also lucrative baseball betting picks opportunities.
The Phillies currently stand with an 81-68 record, showing resilience yet being somewhat inconsistent over the course of recent games. While their team batting average of.259 and an ERA of 4.03 are commendable, their inconsistent performances have left fans and analysts puzzled. With 198 homers, 730 runs scored and 1324 hits to their name, they possess some offensive prowess, yet are somewhat outmatched when pitted against Atlanta Braves who boast more power overall.
The Braves have been an impressive 96-53 team this season. Boasting an outstanding batting average of.275 and leading nearly every offensive category including runs (865), hits (1141) and homers (288). Additionally, their pitching staff features an ERA of 4.07; however their batters appear more capable of coming through at key moments and may prove pivotal in deciding the outcome of each game.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves Game Info
|When:||Monday, September 18, 2023, at 7:20 PM ET|
Zack Wheeler (11-6 W-L, 3.7 ERA) vs. Kyle Wright (0-2 W-L, 7.48 ERA)
Zack Wheeler has had an outstanding year for the Phillies, posting an 11-6 win-loss record and posting a relatively low ERA of 3.7. With his 1.07 WHIP and 196 strikeouts over 175 innings pitched he proved himself on the mound – particularly his fastball that regularly clocks in at 90s and assortment of secondary pitches that keep hitters guessing. Unfortunately with 35 walks allowed and 19 homers given up against powerful Braves lineup, Wheeler must avoid giving free passes or making mistakes that might end up going over the fence against powerful Braves lineup.
Kyle Wright of the Braves has had difficulty this season, as evidenced by his 0-2 record and 7.48 ERA over just 21.2 innings pitched. Furthermore, his 1.89 WHIP suggests too many batters are reaching base due to his inconsistent command despite possessing an ample arsenal of pitches; given how Wheeler is notorious for punishing mistakes quickly when making pitches, Wright must find his groove early if he wants any chance at outdueling him.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta Braves -110, Total Odds: 9.5
As for betting odds, Atlanta are slight favorites with a moneyline of -110 and spread of -1.5 (+170), while Philadelphia are considered underdogs at +100 moneyline with +1.5 spread (-195). Total set at 9.5 makes odds favor an under play at -114.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
The Philadelphia Phillies have seen five out of their last seven games go over, going 1-6 straight up against Atlanta. On the road they’ve fared slightly better; posting a 5-2 record in their last seven away games against them. Unfortunately though they have had an atrocious 6-14 away record against them since 2004!
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
On the Braves’ side of things, the total has gone OVER in six of their last seven games and five out of their six home matches against Phillies have produced results with scores going over. Although their straight-up record in their most recent six contests has been poor (2-4), their performance at home against them has been more dominant – 14-6 wins against them over 20 meetings at home has seen this total surpass.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves 09/18/23 Betting Picks
The Braves’ offensive prowess and strong home record against the Phillies make them the obvious pick to win this matchup; however, Zack Wheeler’s improving season form could change the outcome dramatically.
Bettors looking for an edge might consider betting on both teams to go over 9.5, taking into account starting pitchers of both games. Live in-game betting options also exist at several of the best live betting websites that provide dynamic odds that add an extra layer of excitement and intrigue.
Free Pick and Prediction: Atlanta Braves 6, Philadelphia Phillies 4