Atlanta Braves (46-48) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (47-47)
July 22, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +120 / Atlanta Braves -130; Over/Under: +9
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The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies meet Thursday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves need a win after losing three of their last five games. The Phillies look for a win after splitting their last six games.
The Atlanta Braves have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or more runs in three of their last five games. The Braves have lost two of their last three games when scoring four or more runs. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with 99 hits and 55 RBI while Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley have combined for 182 hits and 109 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 8-3 with a 3.69 ERA and 122 strikeouts this season. Morton is 3-5 with a 5.40 ERA and 49 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.
The Philadelphia Phillies have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Phillies have won three of their last five games when scoring four or more runs. Jean Segura leads the Phillies with 81 hits and 29 RBI while Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper have combined for 156 hits and 92 RBI. Matt Moore gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Moore is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Braves are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. National League East. The Phillies are 5-2 in their last 7 home games and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. The over is 5-2 in Braves last 7 overall. The over is 10-2 in Phillies last 12 overall. The Braves are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia.
Charlie Morton has been one of the better pitchers for the Braves this season and is holding current Phillies hitters to a .209 batting average in 141 at bats. Matt Moore has been more than hittable through 36 innings and has allowed six runs in his last 12.2 innings. I’ll back the Braves and the cheap price given the clear starting pitching edge.