These two teams are expected to battle for the National League East title this season. The Phillies are the favorites in MLB wagering to win the East but the Braves are the favorite in this Spring Training game.
Baseball wagering is going to be interesting on both the Phillies and the Braves this season. The Phillies made the World Series last season and they are looking to repeat in the National League East. The Braves are one team that could challenge the Phillies this season. It is the last season for manager Bobby Cox and the Braves want to win the division for him in his final year. Atlanta has a very good starting pitching staff and their bullpen has some talent. The Braves are using the final two weeks to decide which pitchers will fill out the remaining bullpen spots. The contenders are right-handers Scott Proctor, Jesse Chavez, Craig Kimbrel and Manny Acosta, and left-handers Jonny Venters and Jo-Jo Reyes. "You can't rule anybody out at this point," Cox said. "They're all throwing really well." Proctor is coming off Tommy John surgery but he has looked very good so far. The Braves can definitely compete with the Phillies for the top spot in the East. Getting the bullpen situation though is important. Chavez made 73 appearances for the Pirates last year so he could be in the mix.
Philadelphia is still trying to decide upon their fifth starter and the battle is between the veteran Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick. Baseball wagering information indicated that Moyer was in the rotation until late last season when the Phillies put him in the bullpen. "Basically it's what's best for us and how we line up as a team," pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "I think they've both got two more starts," said manager Charlie Manuel, "I think it'll play out. I think we'll do what's best for our club and everything. I like how Kendrick has improved, but at the same time, Jamie's healthy and in the next couple starts, we'll see where he's at." Moyer has allowed six earned runs for a 3.86 ERA. MLB wagering stats indicate that Kendrick has allowed two runs in 14 innings in four Grapefruit League appearances for a 1.29 ERA.