Phillies vs Braves Prediction - MLB Picks 5/26/23

Atlanta Braves (31-19) vs Philadelphia Phillies (23-27)

Game Info: Friday, May 26, 2023 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Jared Shuster (1-2) (5.49) vs Taijuan Walker (3-2) (5.79)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -160 / Philadelphia Phillies +130 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies will play the Atlanta Braves in Game 2 of their series on Friday night at Truist Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Phillies Preview

The Philadelphia Phillies are 23-27 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, Philadelphia lost two out of three games to Arizona. The Philadelphia pitching staff has a 4.62 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .249 opponent batting average this year. The Phillies offense has scored 215 runs with a .259 batting average and a .322 on base percentage. Alec Bohm is batting .269 with six home runs and 37 RBI’s for the Phillies. The projected starting pitcher for Philadelphia is Taijuan Walker, who is 3-2 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 46.2 innings pitched this season.

Braves Preview

The Atlanta Braves are 31-19 this season and they have won two games in a row. Atlanta won Game 1 in this series by a score of 8-5 on Thursday night. The Atlanta pitching staff has a 3.65 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP, and a .245 opponent batting average. The Braves offense has scored 259 runs with a .256 batting average and a .332 on base percentage this season. Ronald Acuna is batting .332 with 11 home runs and 27 RBI’s for the Braves. The projected starting pitcher for Atlanta is Jared Shuster, who is 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP over 19.2 innings pitched this year. 

Trends

Philadelphia is 36-17 in their last 53 Friday games and 0-5 in their last 5 road games. The under is 4-1 in Philadelphia’s last 5 game two’s of a series. Atlanta is 45-16 in their last 61 game two’s of a series and 35-17 in their last 52 Friday games. The over is 11-3 in Atlanta’s last 14 game two’s of a series. The over is 7-1 in these two teams last 8 head to head meetings.

Pick

Atlanta won a very thrilling Game 1 in this series on Thursday night at they have a decent lead in the NL East standings. Atlanta is starting Jared Shuster, who has allowed 12 earned runs over his last 19.2 innings pitched. Philadelphia will turn to Taijuan Walker, who has allowed seven earned runs over his last 12 innings of work. Neither starting pitcher has been very good so far this year, but I am going to go with the Phillies to get the win. 

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