NLDS Shifts to Philadelphia for Game 3
The Atlanta Braves were able to find their rhythm by taking down the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. It was a 3-0 shutout victory that showed how talented their defense and pitching can be when they’re on.
In total, there were only seven hits in Game 2, which was great for those who had the under in the sportsbook. However, the Braves’ four hits were timelier than the Phillies’ three, and that made the difference.
The Phillies appear to have the pitching edge in Friday afternoon’s Game 3 and now they’re back at home. Does that mean that they’re the right play versus the MLB betting odds?
Braves Have New Life
Atlanta desperately had to avoid falling behind 0-2 in the series. Losing both of their home games likely would have been the end of the Braves. The good news is they got a great start out of Kyle Wright.
Now the question is who is starting on Friday? Atlanta waited until Friday morning to decide upon who they are going and opted for Spencer Strider over Charlie Morton, who will get the nod for Game 4.
Strider has been dealing with an oblique injury and last started on Sept. 18 against the Phillies, holding them to one run and one hit while striking out 10 over six innings.
The rookie right-hander finished 11-5 with a 2.67 ERA on the season and was exceptional against Philadelphia, pitching to a 1.27 ERA and striking out 34 in 21.1 innings.
Because of the injury layoff, expect Strider to get a short leash as the Braves will likely be using their bullpen quite a bit.
Nola Goes for Phillies
Aaron Nola will be sent out to the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies in this game and this might be one of the most important starts of his career. Lead the Phillies to a win and they take a 2-1 series lead.
Fall flat with an ace on the mound and the Phillies will lose a lot of that pep that’s been in their step so far this postseason.
Nola’s record might not look so hot at 11-13, but he has a sparkling 3.25 ERA and finished fourth in the National League with 235 strikeouts. The Braves did have success against him this season as his 3.67 ERA against Atlanta was higher than his overall mark.
Also, Nola gave up five home runs in five starts against the Braves; he only allowed 19 on the year.
Nola got some work in the postseason already against the St. Louis Cardinals. He pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just four hits and zero runs. He looks to be in rhythm right now.
Braves vs Phillies Game Injuries
Braves vs Phillies Head-to-Head
The Braves and Phillies are certainly familiar with one another. They’ve played 21 times, including the postseason, with Atlanta winning 12 of them.
Braves vs Phillies Game Information
- Game: Braves (101-61) vs Phillies (87-75)
- Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
- Day/Time: Friday, Oct. 14, 4:37 p.m. ET
- Braves vs Phillies Live stream: MLB.tv
Braves vs Phillies Betting Lines
S. Strider -R
A. Nola -R
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Braves vs Phillies Prediction
The Braves and Phillies are going to have a very intense Game 3 now that the series is tied at one apiece. As it stands right now, the Braves look to be the stronger overall team that finally shook off the rust from not playing in the Wild Card round.
However, the pitching edge here lies with the Phillies, as does home-field advantage. If you bet online, lay the juice with the Phillies for your MLB picks.