Phillies vs. Braves: Sunday Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves will close out their betting series on Sunday as the division rivals meet in the primetime matchup at Citizens Bank Park.
Cliff Lee is expected to start for the Phillies on Sunday, with the lefthander 10-4 with a 3.05 ERA so far this season. Lee is 6-4 with a 2.97 ERA in his career against Atlanta, beating the Braves on July 5 (four runs over 6 1-3 innings). Alex Wood will start for the Braves; Wood is 1-1 on the year and has a 5.02 ERA.
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Phillies at No. 13 in the National League and the Braves at No. 7 in the National League heading into this contest.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 13-rated National League offense, averaging 3.8 runs per game, against a Braves defense that ranks No. 2 in the National League at 3.5 in runs allowed per game. The Phillies have averaged 8.5 hits per game so far, less than Braves batters have averaged on the year (8.6 hits per game).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the National League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.
Atlanta won its last outing, a 5-4 result against the Phillies on August 3. Bettors who backed the Braves at -143 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Atlanta won a close affair on Saturday in their last outing, defeating Philadelphia 5-4 in extra innings at Citizens Bank Park.
Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Washington are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a win are 8-2
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9
A few Braves at Phillies trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 12 games at home
Atlanta at Washington, Monday, August 5
Philadelphia home to Chi Cubs, Tuesday, August 6