The MLB is set up with another great Friday of action on June 14 as sixteen games will be played. One of the top matchups on the board for Friday night will be between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves. These two teams are competing in the NL East right now and it should lead to a good game on Friday night. This game will start at around 7:20 PM Eastern time.
Philadelphia has put up a 38-30 record to this point in the season, which has them sitting in second place of the NL East Division. The Phillies are coming off a tough three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, where they lost two of the three games. Philadelphia will look to bounce back after losing three of their last four games with a win against their division rivals on Friday night.
The Braves have been catching fire early in this month and it has gotten their record up to 40-29, which has earned them the top spot in the NL East. Atlanta has won seven games in a row and ten of their last twelve matchups. The Braves are coming off a tough sweep against the Pittsburgh Pirates and will look to keep it going with another win on Friday.
The Phillies and the Braves have put up solid performances over the course of this season, but have been streaking in opposite directions as of late. Philadelphia has struggled in their last stretch, while Atlanta is flourishing. Now, these two teams will meet up on Friday in what should be a good game.
These two teams opened up their seasons with a three-game series against each other in Philadelphia. The first game was tied 1-1 after three innings, but the Phillies exploded shortly after that. Phys Hoskins put up a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to put it out of reach. Aaron Nola allowed only two hits and one run. The Phillies were able to finish with a 10-4 win to start out the season.
The second game of the series was a closer game, but ended with another Philadelphia victory. The Braves started with a 3-0 lead, but the Phillies scored eight of the next nine to take an 8-4 lead. Atlanta added two runs in the top of the ninth, but they fell short again. J.T. Realmuto and Maikel Franco each had three RBI’s as Philadelphia won 8-6.
Game 3 of the opening series between the Braves and the Phillies once again started out close. After four innings these two teams were tied at 1-1. Philadelphia added two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Bryce Harper had his second home run of the series and Maikel Franco had another RBI, while Jake Arrieta got credited with the win after pitching six innings and allowing three hits and one run. The Phillies swept the series with a 5-1 win in the third and final game.
These two teams had a tough three-game series to start out the season, which went in favor of Philadelphia. The Phillies and the Braves have both changed a lot since the season opener and will look to battle it out in a closer series this weekend. I expect both teams to use what they learned in the first series to gain an advantage.
The Phillies have been a well balanced team when it comes to batting this season. Philadelphia has seen more than sixty hits from Jean Segura, Rhys Hoskins, Cesar Hernandez, J.T. Realmuto, and Bryce Harper. Hoskins leads in home runs with 14. Segura has the best batting average with a .284 throughout this season.
Atlanta’s bats have been red hot as of late. The Braves are led by Freddie Freeman who has 81 hits this season, while Ronald Acuna Jr. has 75 hits and Ozzie Albies has 73. Freeman has earned 18 home runs and Acuna Jr. has put up 15 home runs. Freeman also leads in batting average with an impressive .309 throughout the season.
The Braves were hitting extremely well against Pittsburgh in their last series and will look to do so again against Philadelphia. The Phillies have a lot of players in their lineup that could step up and have a big game, so Atlanta will need to be on the defense for that. I expect the bats to be hitting well for both teams on Friday night.
Nick Pivetta will start on the mound for the Phillies on Friday night. Pivetta has been struggling a bit this season as he has an ERA of 4.93 and a WHIP of 1.383. Despite his mediocre numbers, Pivetta has put up a 4-1 record in seven starts this season. His last game came against the Cincinnati Reds on June 8. He pitched nine innings allowing six hits and only one run.
The Braves will have Max Fried start on the mound on Friday. Fried has earned a 3.75 ERA this season with a WHIP of 1.292. He has averaged 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings, while Pivetta is averaging around 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Fried’s last game came against the Miami Marlins, where he pitched six innings and allowed six hits and three runs.
These two pitchers have both seen success in their records this season, but neither pitcher has been doing great overall. The Braves offense has been exploding, but their bullpen has struggled this season as well. Atlanta will look for a turn in their pitching as they try and earn a big win against the Phillies on the mound.
Atlanta has been red hot in their last two series, but I believe that they will get cooled off a bit in the first game of this series. The Phillies are a team that could keep up with the strong batting by the Braves, and with Atlanta’s recent struggles in the bullpen, they could take over late in the game. Every winning streak has to come to an end, and I believe the Braves’ will end on Friday night.
BetOnline has Atlanta listed as a -142 against the money line, which implies that they will win this game around 58.7 percent of the time. The Phillies proved they could dominate them early in the season and will have some confidence from that coming into Friday. I think that Philadelphia has a good chance to pull off the upset in this game and they have a lot of value as well.