The Philadelphia Phillies come back home with their series against the Atlanta Braves tied 1-1. The two teams play Game 3 in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:07 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park. Fans and bettors alike can watch the live broadcast on TBS.
The Braves vs. Phillies Game 3 matchup promises to be an intense showdown.
The Phillies almost took a commanding 2-0 series lead, but Atlanta seemingly woke up for the first time in the playoffs at the end of Game 2. Philadelphia should be scared because they may have awoken a giant, as Atlanta was one of the best baseball teams throughout the regular.
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Setting regular season records individually and collectively, Atlanta had one of the best baseball offenses during the regular season.
The Phillies will have one big advantage: Aaron Nola. Nola is one of two aces for Philadelphia, whereas the Braves starting pitcher is yet to be determined.
Odds for Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
The Braves are underdogs in this matchup as most sportsbooks have Philadelphia as slight favorites, but above are the latest live odds available for you to see.
Philadelphia Phillies betting news
The Phillies have been excellent throughout their playoffs, sweeping their wildcard series and only being a few outs from taking a 2-0 series lead on Atlanta. It has to be on the minds of Braves fans and Phillies fans alike that Philadelphia upset Atlanta in the same playoff series (NLDS) last year.
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The series is identical to last year so far, with Philadelphia winning Game 1, Atlanta winning Game 2, and the series heading back to Philadelphia. Phillies fans are hoping for the same result as last year, with Philadelphia winning Game 3.
There is reason for confidence, as the Phillies have one of their star pitchers, Nola, on the mound. In his start against the Marlins in the Wildcard series, Nola went seven innings with no earned runs. Nola is hoping to have a repeat of that start on Wednesday night.
The Phillies lineup has also produced when needed, with their star players showing up. Trea Turner is batting .375 with four stolen bases, Bryce Harper is batting .333 with a home run and seven RBIs, and catcher J.T. Realmuto is batting .333 with two home runs this postseason.
The Braves will have to slow these guys down to have a chance in Game 3.
Atlanta Braves betting news
The Braves did everything they could, even allowing fans at practices with simulated games to avoid rust while they awaited their wildcard opponent. Even with that in place, the rust was evident in Game 1, when Atlanta did not produce a single run.
Game 2 looked the same until Ronald Acuna found a way to get on base, advanced to second, and then scored on a shallow base hit when the throw from the outfield came in a little off-mark. It was a pure hustle play to get the Braves their first run of the playoffs.
It was the spark Atlanta needed, and they followed it up with a two-run homer by catcher Travis d’Arnaud in the seventh and an Austin Riley two-run home run in the 8th to take a 5-4 lead.
Michael Harris made an incredible catch at the wall, and even with an inaccurate cutoff throw, the Braves still found a way to double off Bryce Harper and win Game 2.
Now, heading into Game 3, the biggest question is who will pitch? There seem to be three options: a bullpen game, 12-game winner Bryce Elder, or rookie AJ Smith-Shawver.
Expect a potential combo of Elder or Smith-Shawver starting with a short leash to the bullpen. With Strider and Fried having enough rest to be ready for Game 4 and a potential Game 5, the Braves can use a lot of bullpen in Game 3 if necessary.
Phillies vs. Braves player props for Game 3
BetMGM Sportsbook has some intriguing and solid value player props for the Phillies vs. Braves Game 3 NLDS matchup.
- Pitching props:
- Bryce Elder over 3.5 (+120) / under 3.5 (-155)
- Aaron Nola over 4.5 (-150) / under 4.5 (+115)
- Hits allowed
- Bryce Elder over 4.5 (+130) / under 4.5 (-185)
- Aaron Nola over 4.5 (-120) / under 4.5 (-120)
- Earned Runs
- Bryce Elder over 2.5 (-105) / under 2.5 (-135)
- Aaron Nola over 2.5 (+100) / under 2.5 (-145)
- Batting props:
- Home Runs
- Eddie Rosario over 0.5 (+500) / under 0.5 (-1100)
- Bryce Harper over 0.5 (+300) / under 0.5 (-500)
- J.T. Realmuto over 0.5 (+340) / under 0.5 (-600)
- Matt Olson over 0.5 (+275) / under 0.5 (-450)
- Ronald Acuna over 1.5 (-120) / under 1.5 (-105)
- Austin Riley over 1.5 (+125) / under 1.5 (-160)
- Bryce Harper over 1.5 (+125) / under 1.5 (-160)
- Trea Turner over 1.5 (-105) / under 1.5 (-125)
- Home Runs
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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves prediction: Braves hit their way to a win
Even with Nola on the mound, the Braves bats woke up at the end of Game 2. The telling thing was that it was not one big inning where the Braves did all their damage. Atlanta got one run in the 6th, two in the 7th, and another two in the 8th.
That is how Atlanta was all season. With so much danger in their lineup, top to bottom, they could at any time put up several runs in each and every inning; there was never a part of the lineup where opposing pitchers could relax.
Expect the game to start a little slow, with Nola having a good first few innings, but expect the Braves by the time they go around the order for a second time to start to get to Nola.
Even if their own pitching is not shut down, Atlanta may bash their way to a Game 3 win on the back of their offense.
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