Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves 9/19/2023 – In the world of Major League Baseball, the action never stops, and fans are treated to thrilling matchups day in and day out. As we look ahead to some exciting games on the horizon, let’s delve into two games that are sure to captivate baseball enthusiasts. The Philadelphia Phillies find themselves in the thick of the playoff race as they prepare to face the Atlanta Braves in the second game of a three-game series. The Atlanta Braves, on the other hand, have already secured their spot in the playoffs, clinching the National League East with a comfortable 15-game lead over the Phillies. The MLB betting picks today are up and running as these teams clash in an entertaining game.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves 9/19/2023
|When:||Tuesday, September 19, 7:20 PM ET|
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With a record of 81-68, the Phillies have been working hard to secure their spot in the postseason. Although they suffered a narrow 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, snapping a two-game winning streak, the Phillies are holding on to the first NL wild-card spot and are second in the National League East, albeit 15 games behind the division-leading Braves.
Designated hitter Bryce Harper has been a standout performer for Philadelphia, boasting a batting average of .291 and a team-high .395 on-base percentage. Shortstop Trea Turner leads the team in hits with 163, while left fielder Kyle Schwarber is the power hitter, leading in both home runs with 44 and RBIs with 97. On the pitching side, the Phillies will rely on Cristopher Sanchez, a left-hander with a 2-4 record and a 3.40 ERA, to take the mound.
Phillies Secure Commanding Victory in Playoff Pursuit Against Braves
The Phillies continued their quest for a playoff berth with a commanding 7-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves, securing their record at 82-68. At the top of the NL Wild Card standings, the Phillies have their sights set on a postseason run.
Trea Turner has been a standout performer for the Phillies, leading the team with 165 hits, while Nick Castellanos has added 161 hits and a team-high 36 doubles. The power in their lineup comes from Kyle Schwarber, who boasts a team-high 45 home runs and 99 RBIs. However, Schwarber also leads the team in strikeouts with 200 this season. Bryce Harper has been a consistent force, maintaining a .290 batting average and a .395 OBP.
On the pitching front, Cristopher Sanchez will take the mound for the Phillies, with a season record of 2-4 and a 3.40 ERA, along with 83 strikeouts.
Players to watch: Trea Turner SS (GP 145, AB 602, R 96, H 163, 2B 32, 3B 5, HR 26, RBI 75, TB 283, BB 41, SO 146, SB 27, AVG 0.271, OBP 0.321, SLG 0.47, OPS 0.791, WAR 3.5, Nick Castellanos RF (GP 146, AB 589, R 73, H 160, 2B 36, 3B 1, HR 24, RBI 95, TB 270, BB 33, SO 173, SB 10, AVG 0.272, OBP 0.31, SLG 0.458, OPS 0.768, WAR 0.9
Despite their division title, the Braves faced a brutal sweep by the Miami Marlins, suffering a demoralizing 16-2 loss. Atlanta holds a record of 96-53, making them one of the top contenders in the league.
Right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. has been a force to be reckoned with, boasting a batting average of .337 and leading the team in hits with 201, while also maintaining a team-high on-base percentage of .418. First baseman Matt Olson has been the home run king for Atlanta, crushing 52 homers and accumulating 129 RBIs. Spencer Strider, the Braves’ right-handed pitcher with a 17-5 record and a 3.73 ERA, will take the mound in this matchup.
When it comes to head-to-head encounters, the Phillies have faced some adversity against the Braves, losing six of their last seven meetings. On the road against Atlanta, they’ve had a tough time as well, losing 14 of their last 20 games. In their previous showdown, Philadelphia’s starter Cristopher Sanchez had a rough outing, surrendering four runs over 7 ⅓ innings in a 4-1 loss to Atlanta. On the flip side, Braves’ starter Spencer Strider had a solid performance, giving up just one run across seven innings in the same game.
Atlanta Braves’ Star-Studded Lineup and Quest for Playoff Momentum
The Atlanta Braves, despite securing the NL East title, are currently on a four-game losing streak, with their record at 96-54. They still possess the best record in baseball, but they’ll aim to regain their momentum heading into the playoffs.
Ronald Acuna Jr. continues to shine for the Braves, leading the team with 202 hits and a remarkable .336 batting average. His 66 stolen bases also lead all of MLB. Matt Olson is the power source for Atlanta, with 52 home runs and 129 RBIs. Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies, along with Marcell Ozuna, provide additional firepower with 30+ home runs each.
The Braves will send Spencer Strider to the mound, boasting a stellar record of 17-5 and a 3.73 ERA, supported by an impressive 259 strikeouts.
Players to watch: Ronald Acuna Jr. RF (GP 147, AB 597, R 135, H 201, 2B 32, 3B 3, HR 37, RBI 98, TB 350, BB 78, SO 78, SB 66, AVG 0.337, OBP 0.418, SLG 0.586, OPS 1.004, WAR 7.6, Austin Riley 3B (GP 147, AB 588, R 106, H 163, 2B 27, 3B 2, HR 36, RBI 90, TB 302, BB 52, SO 154, SB 3, AVG 0.277, OBP 0.339, SLG 0.514, OPS 0.853, WAR 5.3
Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Betting Numbers
Philadelphia are 2-6 SU in their last 8 games against Atlanta.
Phillies are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road.
Philadelphia are 7-13 SU in their last 20 games when playing on the road against Atlanta.
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Philadelphia’s last 18 games played on a Tuesday.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games when playing as the underdog.
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Atlanta’s last 14 games.
Atlanta are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta’s last 7 games at home.
Atlanta are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games when playing at home against Philadelphia.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Atlanta’s last 8 games against an opponent in the National League.
Atlanta are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games against an opponent in the National League East Division.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Betting Picks
As the Phillies and Braves prepare for their series finale, it’s a tale of two teams with different priorities. For the Phillies, every game is a must-win as they chase a wild card spot, while the Braves look to regain their winning ways as they gear up for the playoffs. With star-studded lineups and talented pitchers, these two teams are sure to provide baseball fans with another thrilling chapter in the MLB season. The sports betting lines are in favor of the Braves to take out the Phillies in this game.
Score Prediction: Braves 6, Phillies 2.