The Philadelphia Phillies made a statement on Tuesday afternoon when they stole Phillies vs Braves NLDS Game 1 from the Atlanta Braves. They jumped on Atlanta early, amassing a 7-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. The Braves made it a game but the Phillies held on 7-6. With this game looking nothing like what was expected of this series, Game 2 will help us see if the last game was simply a fluke or a sign of things to come.
This MLB betting preview for the NLDS MLB Playoffs Phillies vs Braves Game 2 includes game info, starting pitchers, betting odds, trends and a prediction for tonight’s postseason matchup.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Prediction | NLDS MLB Playoffs Game 2
NLDS MLB Playoffs Game 2 (PHI leads 1-0)
Philadelphia Phillies (87-75, 40-41 Away) vs. Atlanta Braves (101-61, 55-26 Home)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2021
Time: 4:35 p.m. EST
Venue: Truist Park — Atlanta, GA
Phillies vs Braves Starting Pitchers
Phillies: Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA)
Braves: Kyle Wright (21-5, 3.19 ERA)
Philadelphia Phillies Preview
It was important for Philadelphia to hit Atlanta early and they did just that. They scored two runs in the first inning and continued to pounce on Max Fried who only lasted 3 1/3 innings. A throwing error from Max Fried added two runs to the Phillies’ total which would eventually come back to bite the Braves. While Atlanta’s bullpen only gave up one run, the damage was already done.
The Phillies’ bats were red hot and they will need to stay hot to continue to pose a real threat to Atlanta. For the most part, their bullpen was solid outside of Zach Eflin who gave up three earned runs in the bottom of the ninth. If the bullpen can be as solid as they were on Tuesday for the rest of the series, Philadelphia has a real chance to pull an upset, especially with a 1-0 lead.
Atlanta Braves Preview
While we can’t say for certain that it was caused by a longer time off than usual, the Braves came out of the gates sluggish. The bats eventually found their way but all of their runs came from the bats of Matt Olson and Travis D’Arnaud who each collected three RBI’s. The pair had four of Atlanta’s nine hits and outside of them, the offense looked lost. Overall, three players on Atlanta had seven of their nine hits. If their offense continues down this path, coming back from even a 1-0 deficit will be hard.
Pitching wise there isn’t much to worry about for the Braves. Max Fried was horrible, but outside of him, the staff looked great. The Phillies don’t have a very good pitching staff outside of Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, so if their bullpen can limit Philadelphia’s output, they should be able to outlast them for most games this series. Atlanta’s pitching staff needs to be sharp on Wednesday or risk falling behind 2-0 with the series shifting to Philadelphia.
Phillies vs Braves Odds | MLB Playoffs Predictions
MLB betting odds for Phillies vs Braves are taken from BetOnline Sportsbook.
Moneyline: PHI: (+113) | ATL: (-123)
Run Line: PHI: +1.5 (-190) | ATL: -1.5 (+165)
Total: 7 — Over: (-125) | Under: (+105)
Public (Spread) Betting via Action Network: PHI: (59%) | ATL: (41%)
Phillies vs Braves MLB Betting Trends
- Philadelphia is 6-2 straight up in their last eight games.
- Philadelphia is 3-5 straight up in their last eight games against Atlanta.
- Atlanta is 4-2 in their last six home games against Philadelphia.
- Atlanta is 8-4 straight up in their last 12 games.
- Atlanta is 11-4 straight up in their last 15 home games.
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Phillies vs Braves Stats
- Philadelphia is averaging 4.61 runs per game (RPG) this season (No. 7 in the MLB).
- Philadelphia is surrendering 4.23 RPG this season (No. 15 in the MLB).
- Atlanta is averaging 4.87 RPG this season (No. 3 in the MLB).
- Atlanta is surrendering 3.76 RPG this season (No. 5 in the MLB).
Phillies vs Braves MLB Weather Report
Wind: 8 MPH (blowing out to center)
Phillies vs Braves Prediction | NLDS MLB Playoffs Game 2
The Phillies vs Braves prediction uses NumberFire’s probability model. They give Atlanta a 56.6% chance to win Game 2 of this NLDS MLB Playoffs matchup.
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