Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves, first game of the series, the last series of the Phillies at home this season and they know that visitors come looking for a victory to avoid leaving the race to the playoffs. The season has been good for the Braves, they are very close to signing the pass to the playoffs and having another opportunity in a new post season.
Atlanta Braves: We are strong and we want to win.
The Braves are very close to the post season, 89 wins and 70 losses with 55.90% effectiveness, but the Rockies have a similar record, and the Brewers are much safer in the playoffs with 92-67. The fight for the wild card is being given by the Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, both need a pair of wins and the Braves should avoid losing the least amount of games. Prior to this series the Braves lost to the Mets 1-2, swept the Giants 0-3 and won a long series of four 1-3 games against the Diamondbacks.
Mike Foltynewicz in his fourth year with the Braves has done a good job since the mound, but it has not been his best season, although his record is positive with 12 wins and 10 losses, his ERA has been a bit low with .545 and 2.88. ERA, but it’s much better than last season with .435 at the end of the year.
Philadelphia Phillies: Good record at home.
The Phillies will not be in the post season, but at home they have played well this season, since most of the losses were on the road. So far the Phillies at home have a positive record with 47 wins and 31 losses and 60.30% home ERA, plus against the Braves they already won a series of the two they had against them this season 2-1. Prior to this series they won against the Mets 2-1, Marlins 2-1 and the Nationals were swept 3-0. Between August and September the effectiveness at home has been low by better than 39% in all games.
Jerad Eickhoff will have his first game tonight after almost the whole season without being able to play, last season Eickhoff closed the year with 4 wins and 8 losses, he has never had a good season with the Phillies since his debut as a professional in 2015 with a record of 3-3. The Braves will take advantage of Jerad tonight.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves 09/28/2018
is: take the Atlanta Braves -135 (Moneyline).
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