Three out of four MLB postseason contests in the NL/ALDS feature teams going up against a divisional rival. After facing off numerous times throughout the regular season, the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will face off yet again in game three of the NLDS. The series is knotted up at 1-1 after the Braves took game two, 3-0.
You can feel it in the air that it is MLB playoff season. There is no better way to enjoy your Friday than to watch two rivalries of the NL East square off and to bet on some October baseball.
Reality Setting in Philadelphia
After winning both of their Wild Card games and the first game of the NLDS, the Philadelphia Phillies are finally having reality set in. Their fairytale story has ended, and it is time to get to work.
They are going up against one of the most well-rounded teams in all of baseball, who are finally getting things figured out after a few days off. Citizens Bank is set to host its first playoff series in years.
Game two’s loss goes all to the Phillies’ offense. Zach Wheeler did what was needed to keep his team in the game, but the Phillies’ offense was shutout. It was an ugly day with a lot of rain, and Mother Nature must have silenced the Philadelphia bats as they only had three hits.
The good news is that Aaron Nola is set to take the mound. Nola pitched a gem against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card series, and in his last start against Atlanta threw 6.0 scoreless innings.
Philadelphia has been above average when it comes to covering the spread at 83-79 in the regular season. Citizens Bank Park has treated the home team very well this season on the moneyline at 47-34. Their over/under in the regular season was 79-75-7.
Atlanta in Postseason Form
It has proven to be tricky to get back into the swing of things after sitting on the couch and watching every other team play in the Wild Card games. The Atlanta Braves showed some rust in game one but played a gem in the game two win. They look to stay hot as they hit the road.
Atlanta has a top-five pitching rotation and a top-five offense. Their team is full of young and old on both sides of the ball. Kyle Wright showed why he is the winningest pitcher of the 2022 season, but now they have to look to another arm.
Will they go with the old reliable Charlie Morton or the likely rookie of the year, Spencer Strider? No matter the direction they go, the Braves are in a great spot for game three.
Atlanta has the same record against the spread as the Phillies at 83-79 throughout the regular season. The Braves are known for being a juggernaut at Truist Park, but they have to play on the road for game three.
Friday’s game will be in the afternoon, and the Braves are 24-27 on the moneyline and 21-30 against the spread when the sun is up.
Betting Tips for Game Three
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Throughout the 21 games played between these teams in all of 2022 (postseason included), the Braves barely lead the series with 12 wins. The series has been very back and forth, so a 1-1 tie should not be surprising.
You should note that the two teams played seven times in September, and the Braves won six of those games. In their most recent four-game series, the over hit in every game.
All signs point to another pitcher’s duel for game three. The Braves rotation is firing on all cylinders, and so is Aaron Nola of the Phillies.