Last year Bryce Harper’s arrival to Philadelphia set off a firestorm. Harper’s record-setting contact made the Phillies an instant baseball betting favorite. What was lost in the hype with the lack of support Harper would have. Notwithstanding his powerful start, the Phillies are wallowing. Philadelphia’s pitching staff is one of the worst in baseball. And Harper alone has proven to not be enough. Of course, the Braves are in their usual perch atop the National League East. It follows that the Braves have consistent hitting and a reliable bullpen. Atlanta’s lineup is deep and balanced.
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
|Date and Time:||Sunday, August 23, 2020, 7 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Truist Park, Cumberland, Georgia|
|Phillies vs. Braves TV Coverage:||ESPN|
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Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Betting SBG Odds Analysis
On this occasion, the Braves will drive the sports betting handle. Atlanta is on its way to a third consecutive NL East title. Counter to that is a Phillies team that has burned gamblers badly. The Harper hype has proven to be a bill of goods.
Philadelphia Phillies Team Overview
In sum, the Phillies are 9-10 with only eight games over. MLB metrics have them first for runs scored but 27th for staff earned run average. Of great concern is that Philadelphia ranks dead last for the bullpen. On the positive Bryce Harper is ripping the hide off the ball.
Key Philadelphia Phillies: RHSP Zach Eflin 0-1, 5.14 ERA, 14.0 IP, 16 H, 2 HR, 5 BB, 23 SO, .1.50 WHIP, Closer Hector Neris 1-0, 7.20 ERA, 2 SV, 4 SVOPP, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 6 SO, 2.00 WHIP, RF Bryce Harper .349 AVG, .474 OBP, .667 SLG, 1.141 OPS, 19 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 15 RBI, 4 SB
Atlanta Braves Team Overview
Overall, the Braves are 14-11 with just 12 games over the total. Atlanta ranks 10th for run production and 16th for ERA. Subsequently, the Braves bullpens are eighth-best in MLB.
Key Atlanta Braves: RSHP Josh Tomlin 1-0 2.35 ERA, 15.1 IP, 12 H, 0 HR, 4 BB, 18 SO,1.04 WHIP, Closer Mark Melancon 0-1, 1.13 ERA, 4 SV, 4 SVOPP, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 0 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO, 1.13 WHIP, 1B Freddie Freeman .287 AVG, .398 OBP, .529 SLG, .398 OPS, 18 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 0 SB
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
The Phillies Are:
- 6-12 in their last 18 games on the road
- 4-2-3 over the total away from home
- 4-12 in their last 16 away games vs. the Braves
- 5-4 over the total in Atlanta against the Braves
The Braves Are:
- 11-5 in their last 16 games at Truist Park
- 3-5 under the total at home
- 9-7 in their last 16 overall games with the Phillies
- Only seven of Atlanta’s last 20 games with the Phillies have gone under the total
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Free Pick
As mentioned earlier the Phillies have terrible baseball betting results on the road and against Atlanta. So too are the Braves tough at Truist Park. Consistent with that is the massive difference in pitching quality. Philadelphia needs multiple upgrades on the hill.
Phillies vs. Braves SBG Best Bet: Atlanta Braves