Braves Looking for Third in Row
After dropping the opener, the Atlanta Braves are looking to take the last three games of the series from the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday to secure second place in the National League East. A Phillies win salvage a series split and would leave both teams tied for second place. Both teams still have a long way to go to chase down the front-running New York Mets.
Phillies Reeling After Two Losses
In a series that was vitally important to both teams, the Philadelphia Phillies currently find themselves on the wrong side of the series. The Phillies are in third place in the NL East, one game behind Atlanta.
Philadelphia starting pitcher Aaron Nola needs to have a big day. He has not been the dominant pitcher the Phillies have needed this year, but there is still time. He has had a couple of deep outings and he has been recording his fair share of strikeouts, but the Phillies are in desperate need of a shut-down performance.
The Phillies definitely have the ability to put up runs with a very formidable offense. But the Braves also have a very formidable pitching staff that can keep offenses at bay.
Braves Not Backing Down
The Atlanta Braves may not be where they want to be right now as the defending World Series champion. There is no need to panic at this point even though they have had a very sluggish start. Wednesday night’s game and offensive outpouring might be a sign of what the Braves needed.
In their 8-4 win, the Braves brought the power that they have been desperately wanting. Even with Ronald Acuna Jr. scratched from the lineup with a quad strain, the Braves ripped off three solo home runs by William Contreras, Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson. Now the Braves need to contain that lightning in a bottle and stay consistent over the long haul.
Right-hander Kyle Wright has been on fire all season and has really shown his dominance in an overwhelming majority of his starts. He has been one of the team’s most consistent pitchers and he will need to continue that on Thursday. Wright has kept other high-powered offenses at bay, so he should be able to do the same against the division rival Phillies.
Phillies vs Braves Head-to-Head
This is only the first series of the overall 2022 season series. After Thursday’s games, the two teams will still play each other another 15 times this season.
Phillies vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Phillies (20-24) vs Braves (21-23)
- Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Thursday, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Phillies vs Braves Live stream: MLB.tv
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Phillies vs Braves Betting Lines
Phillies vs Braves Prediction
The Braves are picked as the slight favorite at -108 against the Phillies as the underdog at -102. Both teams are not particularly adept at covering the runline.
The Braves’ runline is -1½ at +175. After two wins in exciting fashion, their offense might be heating up. Take a risk and place your bet on the Braves runline.
When you bet online, take the Braves -1½ runline at +175.
Pick: Atlanta Braves -1½ +175