In today’s MLB betting guide, the Atlanta Braves look to build off of their series-opening win against the Philadelphia Phillies, while the Toronto Blue Jays look to sweep the Boston Red Sox.
Philadelphia Phillies (+120) vs Atlanta Braves (-145)
The Phillies and Braves meet once again after the Braves extended their lead over the Phillies in the standings with a 5-3 win in the first game of the series. Philadelphia has cooled off after the tear they went on earlier in the month and the teams are dead even in runs per game and hits per game at eighth and 10th, respectively. The Braves have 19 wins on the road, while the Phillies have 19 wins at home, so the difference in this matchup is the four more wins by the Braves in total and the starting pitchers.
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On the mound for the Braves is Kyle Wright who is enjoying a very strong breakout season. His FIP (fielding independent pitching) is 2.90 on the season. He has a record of 8-4, and in 85 innings, he’s given up just five home runs and has a strikeout rate of 9.7 per nine innings. On the mound for the Phillies is a less skilled pitcher in Ranger Suarez who has an ERA of 4.23, 1.47 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched), 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings, and has issued many more walks than he would like. With the pitching advantage and the hotter bats, the Braves are rightfully the favorites in this game, so take them and the over (O9, +100).
Toronto Blue Jays (-165) vs Boston Red Sox (+135)
The Blue Jays are fortunate to have their top pitcher on the mound today in Alek Manoah who is 9-2 on the season to finish off the Red Sox after stunning them in the first two meetings of the series. Manoah has a 2.05 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP while his home runs and walks given up are solid. The Red Sox counter with Nick Pivetta who is enjoying a strong season as well and should give Boston a decent chance at winning the series finale. Manoah has given up six earned runs in his past 12 innings, but the one time he allowed four runs this season was under 50/50 calls that weren’t going the Blue Jays way against the New York Yankees. He should be able to bounce right back and continue his great season.
The teams are tied for fifth with 4.8 runs per game and top-four in hits per game, but this should be a pitching matchup with two of the best starters in the series on the mound against each other. The teams are neck-and-neck in the standings, and after the second win in a row against the Red Sox, the Blue Jays have taken the 0.5 games advantage for the first wild card spot. Look for the Blue Jays to finish this series off with a sweep and the under (U8.5 -115) to hit.
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