SPORTS CHAT PLACE
The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies meet Thursday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park. The Atlanta Braves look for a win after winning 7 of their last 10 games. The Philadelphia Phillies need a win after losing 6 of their last 9 games.
The Atlanta Braves have scored 12 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 8 games. The Braves have won 5 straight games when scoring 4 or more runs. Dansby Swanson leads the Braves with 84 hits and 43 RBI, while Matt Olson and Austin Riley have combined for 146 hits and 85 RBI. Ian Anderson gets the ball, and he is 6-4 with a 4.60 ERA and 65 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 1-0 with a 3.07 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies have scored 12 runs in their last 3 games and 3 or fewer runs in 7 of their last 10 games. The Phillies have lost 6 straight games when scoring 3 or fewer runs. Bryce Harper leads the Phillies with 77 hits and 48 RBI, while Alec Bohm and Nick Castellanos have combined for 143 hits and 63 RBI. Aaron Nola gets the ball, and he is 4-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Nola is 13-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 152 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 11-2 in their last 13 road games and 21-5 in their last 26 overall. The Phillies are 8-3 in their last 11 home games and 18-8 in their last 26 overall. The under is 4-1 in Braves last 5 overall. The over is 9-4 in Phillies last 13 home games. The Braves are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
The Atlanta Braves are worth a look at plus money given the way they’ve played all month, but Ian Anderson isn’t scaring anybody, especially with his 5.06 ERA this month. Aaron Nola has been money all year, and that includes allowing 27 hits and 8 runs in his last 36 innings. The Philadelphia Phillies offense is also due for a breakout performance. I’ll take a shot with the Phillies and reasonable price at home.