Phillies vs Braves Prediction and MLB Picks for Friday, April 9, 2021
The Phillies host the Braves this Friday night with the Zack Wheeler and Charlie Morton facing each other and we’ll give out free MLB picks
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Free Expert Picks and Predictions on this Friday, April 9, 2021 baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves. The Draftkings MLB odds currently have the Braves listed as a -133 money line favorite and the over/under at 8.5 total runs.
Philadelphia comes into this game red hot, now 5-1 overall and tied for the best record in the majors. Three of those five wins came after sweeping the Braves in their season opening series last week. The Phillies bullpen seems to have done a complete 360 from last season and now one of the biggest reasons they are off to this great start. It’s definitely still a small sample and it’s best not to overreact, but this game will serve as another indicator.
Zach Wheeler will take the mound for the Phillies for this matchup. This will be his second start of the season after facing the Braves last week and completely dominating them. He struck out 10 batters and only allowed one hit over 7 innings. Wheeler is 7-5 when starting against Atlanta with an ERA of 3.45 and a WHIP of 1.313. His team’s record is 9-8 overall in these starts.
Philadelphia is 6-1 straight up in their last 7 games against Atlanta and the total has gone over in 5 of the Phillies last 5 games played on a Friday.
This Friday Night game will be the Atlanta Braves home opener and they’ll be hyped since it’s the first time they’ll have fans in over 18 months. They are suspecting a limited capacity at around 13,500 fans, but it could be a boost to their confidence they’ll need after the slow start to the season.
Charlie Morton will take the mound for the Braves. He’s already faced the Phillies last week where he gave up six hits over five innings. Morton is 2-4 when starting against the Phillies with an ERA of 6.08 and a WHIP of 1.625.
Atlanta is 12-5 straight up in their last 17 games when playing at home against Philadelphia and the total has gone over in 4 of the Braves last 5 games at home.
In this Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Friday Night baseball game, we’re rolling with the Phillies Team Total to go over the 3.5 total runs at the -115 price.
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