The Philadelphia Phillies have taken the first two games in their weekend series with the Atlanta Braves and have now won three of four overall.
Atlanta had won two straight games before dropping their last two to Philadelphia. The Braves have now dropped four of six and appear to be in a little bit of a funk. Will they snap out of it on Sunday or are the Phillies the better option for your MLB picks?
Phillies Thriving On The Mound
Philadelphia got a great start out of Zack Wheeler on Saturday. Wheeler pitched eight innings without giving up a run while striking out 12 batters in that span.
Those who bet online know this was a welcome performance after he had gone 0-3 with a 4.44 ERA in May. Philadelphia took advantage with a 2-1 victory, though will need to prepare for a more powerful batting lineup this go around.
Braves Couldn’t Capitalize
Not only was it difficult picking up hits off of Wheeler on Saturday, Atlanta couldn’t capitalize on its opportunities. The Braves went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
If you’re thinking of betting this team on the MLB odds, keep in mind their offense has been laboring of late. In their last eight games – all of which have been at home – the Braves have averaged just 3.75 runs per outing. Under might be the better option in the sportsbook.
Dylan Covey (Philadelphia Phillies) vs Spencer Strider (Atlanta Braves)
Dylan Covey will start for the Phillies. He started the year off for the Los Angeles Dodgers before getting acquired by Philadelphia. In one start with the Philliesr, he pitched five innings and gave up one run.
On the other hand, Spencer Strider kicks things off for Atlanta, which is why they’re such a big favorite on the MLB betting lines. Strider is one of the best pitchers in the league.
He’s pitched 57 innings with a 4-2 record and a sharp 2.97 ERA and 1.04 WHIP.
He’s had a bit of an issue with home runs in May, giving up four after allowing just one in April. If he addresses that, he’ll get back on track.
Phillies vs Braves Head-to Head
The Phillies have won two of three games against Atlanta this season, but the past three years have seen them go back and forth. In 26 games against one another in the past three years, each team has won 13 games.
Phillies vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Phillies (25-27) vs Braves (31-21)
- Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Sunday, May 28, 7:10 p.m. ET
- Phillies vs Braves Live Stream: MLB.tv
Phillies vs Braves Betting Lines
Strider is going to make life difficult for the Phillies while Covey can build off his five-inning, one-run outing with Philadelphia in his last outing.
With a total listed at 9runs, the under could be a good choice.
Pick: Under 9 (-115)
Considering how often these teams go back and forth, live betting might be the better option. It’s a huge price on the Braves.
However, the Braves are due for a bounce back against them and are starting one of the premier pitchers. They look like the better option here.
Pick: Atlanta Braves -260