The rejuvenated Philadelphia Phillies, who just took two of three from the New York Yankees, host the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 7 (Friday night). In this game, however, NJ online sportsbooks view each team as being slightly favored.
The only real line movement was at PointsBet, in which the Phillies moved to -121 early Friday morning, up from -110. They have now settled at -115.
Braves vs. Phillies game odds
All odds are as of 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 7.
|Braves (9-5) vs. Phillies (3-4)||DraftKings||FanDuel||Fox Bet||PointsBet|
And here’s an odds boost to catch before the game: DraftKings Sportsbook has boosted a Bryce Harper home run and Phillies victory to +665, up from +610.
Fox Bet also has a few odds boosts to check out, including Rhys Hoskins to hit the first OR last home run (was +350, now +450).
Of course, the Braves have won 11 of their last 12 against National League opponents following a win.
The Braves have scored 74 runs, the most in the NL. That has occurred over 14 games, giving them an average of slightly more than five per contest.
Here’s more of what to look for ahead of Friday’s Braves vs. Phillies:
Braves vs. Phillies pitching matchup
Vince Velasquez is slated to start for the Phillies. Kyle Wright is on the bump for Atlanta.
Velasquez did not look good in his first start of the season, being smoked by the Miami Marlins for four runs in three innings. The Phillies went on to lose 11-6 nearly two weeks ago.
He is a power pitcher — averaging more than a strikeout an inning for his entire career — but he is also susceptible to the long ball and the big inning.
Key batters he must get out include Ender Inciarte, who is hitting .400 against him lifetime, and Ronald Acuna, at .364.
In his last start, Wright gave up five hits and zero runs in 3.1 innings, helping the Braves get a 4-0 win over the New York Mets.
The key for Atlanta is whether he can stretch out and go at least five innings. Odds are he can.
Intangibles to keep in mind
Phillies closer Hector Neris threw 27 pitches in 1 1/3 innings of relief against the Yankees on Thursday. As usual, it was an adventure to the end. A deep fly ball with two runners on was caught, sealing the win.
The pitch total was right on the cusp of him needing a day of rest before appearing in another game. He may be available tonight, but it would be surprising if he then pitched Saturday, if you are looking at the weekend schedule.
The Braves lost ace Mike Soroka on Monday to an Achilles heel injury. But they, and the rest of baseball, received good news Wednesday when Nick Markakis opted back into the season.
Markakis had said he would sit out the season because of COVID-19 concerns but was activated Wednesday. On Thursday, he hit a walk-off homer as the Braves beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-3.
Phillies are ringing the bell
The Phillies look like a revitalized team this week.
They took two of three from the best team in baseball, notching a doubleheader split Wednesday against the New York Yankees and defeating them Thursday night, 5-4.
Thursday, a three-run homer by J.T. Realmuto gave the Phillies a first-inning lead they did not relinquish.
The Yankees had not lost in 11 days before the Phillies defeated them twice in two days.
Phillies and Braves chasing Marlins’ tails
Philadelphia improved to 3-4 on the season and seeks to parlay the Yankee series into good performances against the rest of the league.
In three of their four games this week, the Phillies have hit the over in the over-under runs prop. It is between 9.5 and 10 at the major sportsbooks, not an easy call here.
Both the Phillies and the Braves are looking up in the National League standings at the Marlins, who are 6-1. The Marlins won three games in a row after a COVID-19-induced one-week delay.
Weekend sneak peek: Watch for another doubleheader
Thinking of the weekend action? Of course you are.
The Phillies have listed Jake Arrieta as their Saturday starter, and the Braves have tapped Max Fried as their Sunday pitcher.
A lot can change, but that’s a first glance.
Rain is expected Friday. If it calls off tonight’s game, a doubleheader Saturday or Sunday would be likely. Remember to factor that into the availability of closers.
They may not be available for both games, and if they are, they would likely skip the following day.