The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies go head-to-head Tuesday, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. The game will take place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA and will only be available on local TV or via an MLB.tv subscription. Spencer Strider will start for the Braves while Aaron Nola gets the nod for the Phillies.
The Braves were just 0.5 games behind first place in the NL East a few days ago. Back-to-back losses to the Phillies hurt them a bit as they’re now two games behind the Mets again. Austin Riley has been one of the top hitters in MLB for the past few weeks. He is currently on a winning streak of 17 games. In that streak, Riley hit .435 with eight home runs and 15 runs hit. Strider has been great on the mound this season despite having his worst start of late.
The Phillies have had a tough season but still have a good chance of making the playoffs. They currently sit 0.5 games from the last wild card spot behind the Cardinals. Schwarber has had the most power for the Phillies as he hit 30 home runs this season. The Phillies need Bryce Harper back ASAP if they are to make it through the postseason. Aaron Nola has had a decent season on the mound as he is 6-7 with a 3.13 ERA.
Braves vs. Phillies
pitchers: Spencer Strider vs. Aaron Nola
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
Good local station: Bally Sports South
Phillies local broadcast: NBC Sportsnet Philadelphia
Live broadcast: MLB.tv (subscription)
Odds, Tips & Predictions
running line: Braves -1.5
totally run: 7.5
Moneyline Odds: Braves -125, Phillies +105
Moneyline pick: Braves -125
I expected the Braves to be a stronger favorite on this one. I don’t see them losing three games in a row. They come in their own way from two disappointing defeats. With the Mets two games ahead of them, the Braves can’t afford to lose that many games in a row. Look for a Braves win.
Player prop selection: Austin Riley over 1.5 bases total (+135)
As I said above, Riley has been phenomenal these past few weeks. Riley also swung the bat well last night as he was 2-4 with two doubles and was inches from a home run. In his career against Nola, Riley is 13-34 with three home runs. In this one, look for an extra base hit from Riley.
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