Everybody in the world of baseball thought the NL East may dominate the postseason, but nobody expected this. With the New York Mets eliminated, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves are battling not only to prove they are the best team in their division, but that they are the best team in MLB.
Game two between the No. 2 seed and the No. 6 seed occurs on a Wednesday; you have no excuses not to follow along closely and bet on some October baseball.
Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves NLDS Game Two
The Underdogs in Philly
It is pretty easy to fall into the underdog narrative if you are the Philadelphia Phillies. You received little attention all season long as all eyes were on the race between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets. The Phillies snuck into the playoffs but with all eyes on them now, how will they fare?
After not having their studs to start at the beginning of the NLDS, Zach Wheeler will have had five days rest and should be ready to fire in game two. Wheeler was merely untouchable in the Wild Card game against St. Louis. The RHP threw 6.1 innings allowing only two hits and no runs. A confident Wheeler could cause some problems for the home team.
Philadelphia has been above average when it comes to covering the spread at 83-79 in the regular season. Anything around or above the .500 mark is very impressive. Close your eyes, Philly fans, as the Phillies were 40-41 on the road and 34-47 against teams over .500 this year. Their over/under in the regular season was 79-75-7.
It’s Hot in Atlanta
It does not really get cold in Atlanta, and neither does their baseball team. The Atlanta Braves are one of the hottest teams in baseball at just the right time as they look to win back-to-back World Series.
The Braves are good on all sides of the ball. Their ERA, which is the fifth-best in all of MLB, shows just how deep their rotation is. They have the old reliable Charlie Morton, and they have rookie sensation, Spencer Strider. Any pitcher who has stepped on the hill for Atlanta has dominated, and it sure helps when you have a dangerous offense providing runs for you.
Atlanta has the same record against the spread as the Phillies at 83-79. The fans at Truist Park pack the stands, and the Braves feed off their energy. Home-field advantage is key in this series, as the Braves were 55-26 on the moneyline at home.
Betting Tips for Game One
Check MyBookie for all the latest odds for game two of the NLDS between the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. There is nothing better than a matchup between division rivals; in fact, three out of the four playoff series’ feature divisional opponents.
Throughout the 19 games played between these teams in the regular season, the Braves won the season series with 11 wins. 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.
You have two potent offenses, but game two should be a pitcher’s duel. The Phillies are simply a different team with their ace on the mound, and well, you can always expect a good showing from the Braves on the mound. The Braves are the higher seed and have been the better team all year, but they have a lot higher expectations.