Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/9/2020
Game: Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Location: Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Braves (-105) Phillies (-115)
Didi Gregorius and the Philadelphia Phillies (3-4, 3rd in NL East) host the Atlanta Braves (9-5, 2nd in NL East) at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. The Braves open this game at -105 while the Phillies are priced at -115. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Max Fried and Vince Velasquez.
Key Atlanta Braves Injuries
8/7/2020 Chris Martin RP Neck Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
8/5/2020 Ozzie Albies 2B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
8/5/2020 Matt Adams DH Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/4/2020 Mike Soroka SP Achilles Out for the season
7/23/2020 Cole Hamels SP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/21/2020 Jacob Webb RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
7/21/2020 Phil Pfeifer RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 4
6/26/2020 Jeremy Walker RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
Key Philadelphia Phillies Injuries
8/3/2020 David Robertson RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
8/3/2020 Ranger Suarez RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
7/25/2020 Seranthony Dominguez RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Braves have a 9-5 overall record this season. Fried has pitched in 242 innings and is sitting with 254 strikeouts during his pro baseball career. His earned run average is 3.71 (100 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.333. He has given up 239 base hits (8.9 hits per nine innings) and has 84 free passes. Fried (21-11 win-loss record in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.74 while he has gone up against 1,030 opposing hitters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.69 and they have given up 51 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .207 against the bullpen and they've struck out 67 hitters and walked 16 batters. As a team, Atlanta allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 3.7. The Braves pitchers collectively have given up 105 base hits and 51 earned runs. They have allowed 11 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Atlanta as a pitching staff has walked 46 batters and struck out 124. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.43.
As a team Atlanta is hitting .232, good for 15th in the league. The Braves hold a .419 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 7.6 hits per game. Dansby Swanson is hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .333. He has 16 hits this season in 54 at bats with 13 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .481 and an OPS+ of 121. Ronald Acuna Jr is hitting .226 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .359. He has totaled 12 hits and he has driven in 4 men in 53 at bats. His OPS+ is 104 while his slugging percentage is at .377. The Braves have 107 hits, including 29 doubles and 19 home runs. Atlanta has walked 52 times so far this season and they have struck out 152 times as a unit. They have left 86 men on base and have a team OPS of .733. They score 5.29 runs per contest and have scored a total of 74 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Philadelphia has a 3-4 overall mark this year. In his career, Velasquez has allowed 514 base knocks while he has accumulated 573 strikeouts in 525 innings pitched. He has allowed a total of 275 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.367 and having a FIP of 4.4. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.81 and he has faced 2,257 hitters in his MLB career. Velasquez (27-34 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a 4.71 earned run average while allowing 8.8 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.89 and they have given up 30 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .286 against the Phillies bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 20 batters and walked 7 opposing hitters. As a team, Philadelphia allows 9.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.28. The Phillies pitchers as a team have surrendered 63 base knocks and 34 earned runs this season. They have given up 12 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. Philadelphia as a staff has walked 15 hitters and struck out 58 batters. They give up a walk 2.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.72.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 9th in the league. The Phillies hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .346, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 7.7 hits per contest. Didi Gregorius comes into this matchup batting .292 with an OBP of .346. He has 7 hits this year along with 3 RBI in 24 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .542 with an OPS+ of 145. Bryce Harper is hitting .250 this season and he has an OBP of .464. He has collected 5 hits in 20 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 184 and a slugging percentage of .550. The Phillies as a unit have 54 base hits, including 8 doubles and 10 homers. Philadelphia has walked 34 times this year and they have struck out on 45 occasions. They have had 51 men left on base and have an OPS of .779. They have scored 5 runs per game and totaled 35 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Braves/Phillies MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Phillies (-115)
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