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Phillies, Brewers in MLB odds clash

The top two teams in the National League will begin a baseball betting series on Thursday as the Brewers host the Phillies.

With each team holding down an NL division lead, this week's four-game set in Milwaukee could be a preview of the NLCS. The Brewers won two of three games when these teams met back in April.

View Philadelphia vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Brewers were listed as +135 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 2-ranked Brewers and the National League No. 1-rated Phillies in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Milwaukee's National League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Phillies offense rated No. 3 and scoring 4.6 runs per game in the league. The Brewers have averaged 8.8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Phillies hitters have managed (8.7 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Philadelphia owns the National League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 3.5 runs per game on the highway. Milwaukee, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Braves at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at -124 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Phillies grabbed a win last time out, defeating Brandon Beachy and the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park.

Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 2-0 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -107 were rewarded, while the 2 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Chris Carpenter shut down the Brewers in their last game, striking out 5 in a 2-0 shutout over Milwaukee in baseball action at Busch Stadium.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3


A few Phillies at Brewers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 7 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Philadelphia is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
Milwaukee is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 12 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia at Milwaukee, Friday, September 9

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