An important National League series gets underway Thursday night when the Philadelphia Phillies (23-26, 9-16 away) visit the Atlanta Braves (30-19, 13-12 home). This could be a turning point for both teams this season as the Braves lead the Phillies by seven games and a sweep either way could change things. Below is my MLB pick for the Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves.
Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Betting Pick
The Pick: Atlanta Braves +100
This game will be played at Truist Park at 7:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 25, 2023.
Why Bet the Atlanta Braves:
✅ Atlanta has been good against the Phillies having won four of their last five at Truist Park.
✅ Philadelphia has lost seven of their last 10 games played.
✅ On the road, the Phillies have lost eight of their last 10 away from Citizens Bank Park.
Philadelphia Phillies Need to Get it Going
Philadelphia has been struggling of late and cannot seem to avoid a long losing streak. The Phillies got a late win on Wednesday to avoid the home sweep against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Philadelphia has lost two of their last three series with their only win against the poor Cubs.
Aaron Nola is set to make his 11th start of the season and he will need to get better if the Phillies want to get back in the race. The veteran righty has a 4.31 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 62.2 innings pitched.
The Phillies have been balanced at the dish with Bryson Stott batting a team high .291, Kyle Schwarber mashing 12 home runs, and Alec Bohm has knocked in 35 runs.
The Atlanta Braves Are in a Rough Patch
Atlanta has now lost three of their last five games played but are just about out of a tough part of their schedule. This stretch started by getting swept in Toronto and ended by losing two of three at home to the Dodgers. Still, the Braves won two of the four series during this stretch and have a favorable next few series.
Dylan Dodd is going to make his fourth career start and he has been struggling. The rookie has a 6.46 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 15.1 innings pitched.
Matt Olson is mashing this season as he leads Atlanta with 14 home runs and 36 RBIs. Ronald Acuna Jr. is batting a team high .330 on the year.