MLB: Braves vs Phillies Series Preview

Braves Looking to Extend 8 Game Lead, Phillies Hoping to Rain on Atlanta's Party

Braves vs Phillies Series Preview: When the season began, the MLB National League odds to win the division were much closer than they are now. The Braves are +125 to win the National League East, with the Phillies behind them at +2500. MLB betting odds make the Braves a significant favorite in game one of this 3-game series.

Early money has seen a high percentage of wagers come in on the Braves and over. Not a surprise with Fried on the mound, but the Phillies have won 6 of their last 8 games after scoring two runs or less in their previous game. The Phillies also have done well when playing on Mondays winning 10 of their last 14. We expect heavy betting on the Braves throughout the day.

Game Information

  • Matchup: Atlanta Braves (58-39) at Philadelphia Phillies (49-46)
  • Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
  • Day/Time:
  • Television: BSSO, NBCSP, MLBN

Be Careful of the Obvious

The public is convinced that the Atlanta Braves are the side as we continue our Braves vs Phillies series preview. We are not saying the betting public is wrong because certainly, the Braves are the stronger of the two, but history should tell us to use caution when it looks too easy.

Atlanta is fresh off a series win against the Los Angeles Angels, while the Phillies were swept by the Chicago Cubs by a combined score of 25-7 over the weekend. That won’t help to improve their odds to win the National League East but we would use caution before rushing to the window to grab a Braves ticket despite the fact that Atlanta has won 7 of their last 10 meetings. Keep in mind the ultimate goal is to build a bankroll, so laying this big of a price (-175) isn’t how we properly do that. When looking over a typical day of MLB betting odds, you’d like to stay in the -120 range.

Phillies Roll on Monday Nights

You may ask why it is significant when a team does better than others on a certain day. The make-up of a team has a lot to do with it. Some teams play better when there is that sense of new; a new series, a new week, a chance to erase what just happened over the weekend.

Others like to play in front of the typical smaller weekday crowds. The Phillies have won 10 of their last 14 on Monday Night and 10 of their last 14 in game one of a series. After the weekend Rob Thompson’s team had over the weekend, a fresh series could be exactly what they need.  At this point in the season, Philadelphia is just trying to keep their head above water until player Bryce Harper returns but adding an arm to their rotation would increase Phil’s betting MLB odds to win the division.

Phillies Plus Money – Too Good to Pass On

We are going to use a good ole fashion experience when giving the advice to conclude this Braves vs Phillies series preview. The MLB betting odds for Monday show that you’ll be getting back a hefty +145 with the Phillies, a number that could be better as the Braves backers push this number up. The way to play this is to take the Phillies in the first two games of the series, with the goal of winning just one. If you bet the Phillies with the plus money today and win, then don’t worry about betting game two. The way we’re attacking this is to get a quick plus money winner and then get out, thus, bringing you this Braves vs Phillies Series Preview.

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