Series Preview: Phillies stay on the road, take on the Atlanta Braves in a massive NL East Showdown
The Philadelphia Phillies kick off a 3-game set tonight at 7:20 EST vs. the Atlanta Braves.
Ranger Suarez (9-5, 3.62) gets the ball for the Fightins going up against Max Fried (13-6, 2.50 ERA).
Although the Phillies dropped the series finale in Miami last night, they go into Atlanta with high hopes as they still hold a 2.5-game lead on the Padres, along with a 4-game lead over the Brewers (3.5 and 5 with tiebreaker).
With just 19 games left to play, we’ve officially hit crunch time. The Phillies are on the verge of breaking their 10-year playoff drought, which is the longest in the National League. They do have a tough road ahead to the end of the regular season, with 12 of their last 19 games coming against playoff teams.
Philadelphia sits at 80-63 on the year, while the Braves are 88-55. The Phils have faired ok against Atlanta this season, slashing a team line of .243/.315/.396 in 12 total games.
Alec Bohm and JT Realmuto have been the two biggest Braves killers this season, as Alec Bohm is hitting .347, along with a .293/.375/.488 slash line for JT.
The Phils will play the Braves 7 times over the next week and it starts tonight. So let’s GET IT.
Series Pitching Matchups
- Friday: Ranger Suarez vs. Max Fried
- Saturday: Aaron Nola vs. Jake Odorizzi
- Sunday: Bailey Falter vs. Spencer Strider
Ranger Suarez vs. Max Fried
Ranger Suarez takes the hill for the Phillies coming off his last outing vs. Washington where he allowed seven hits and four earned runs in six and two-thirds. Ranger is 9-5 on the year with a 3.62 ERA and has pitched great on the road, holding a 6-1 record with a 2.76 ERA. Max Fried has been fantastic for the Braves this season, holding a 13-6 record with a 2.50 ERA and a 2.42 with a 7-4 record at home.
Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Phillies||+1.5 (-132)||+166||O7.5 (-118)|
|Braves||-1.5 (+110)||-198||U7.5 (-104)|