Braves at Phillies 5/21/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves
Date & Time: 5/21/2018, 11:05 PM UTC
Latest Odds: PHI -125 Total 9
TV Channel: MASN

The two top teams in the NL East Division will clash on Monday night, when the Atlanta Braves invade Citizens Bank Park to take on the Philadelphia Phillies. On Sunday, Dansby Swanson’s two-run single capped a six-run ninth inning and give Atlanta a stunning 10-9 victory over Miami. The Braves are 11 games above .500 overall and lead the Phillies by 1.5 games.

Hard-throwing righty Mike Foltynewicz (3-2 2.87 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves in this matchup. Through 47 innings this season, Foltynewicz has struck out 57 batters and owns a 1.34 WHIP.
The Philadelphia Phillies have won 26 of their first 44 games for first year manager Gabe Kapler. The Phillies split a four-game series in St. Louis over the weekend and rank seventh in the majors with a 3.52 team ERA. On Sunday, Philadelphia struck out 14 times during a 5-1 loss.

Twenty-five year old righty Nick Pivetta (3-2 3.72 ERA) will get the nod for the Phillies in the series opener. Pivetta has won consecutive starts, while striking out 18 batters and giving up just one run over his last 12 innings.

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Betting Trends

Braves are 2-7 in Foltynewiczs last 9 road starts.
Phillies are 8-1 in Pivettas last 9 home starts.
Under is 8-3-2 in Foltynewiczs last 13 starts overall.
Under is 6-2-1 in Pivettas last 9 starts overall.
Phillies are 5-1 in Pivettas last 6 starts vs. Braves.

Philadelphia SS J.P. Crawford (forearm) took batting practice on Thursday and remains out indefinitely. Through 45 games, Atlanta ranks 3rd in batting average and 3rd in runs scored. For the season, Philadelphia ranks 18th in batting average and 12th in runs scored. Take Philadelphia to win their third straight game started by Pivetta. Final Score Prediction, Philadelphia Phillies win 5-3.


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