After a grueling six months of action, we’ve come to the final week of the regular season. The best part of this is the fact that we still have numerous playoff spots up for grabs. We have some divisional races, and only one Wild Card spot has truly been decided. It’s time we take a closer look at some worth MLB betting series for this week.
Top Series to Bet On this Week
One series in particular that grabs our attention is the Atlanta Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies. Truist Park in Atlanta will be the site of this huge three-game set.
Heading into Tuesday’s opener, the Braves hold a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies for the divisional lead. This will pretty much be an all-or-nothing series, as the team that finishes second in the division will be left out of the playoffs.
We’ll see some great pitching matchups in this one, and with everything on the line, this should be a fun series to wager some money on. Let’s take a look at the pitching matchups, and give a brief analysis of each of the three games in this huge series.
Tuesday, September 28
We’ll have a very good pitching matchup right out of the gate, as the Braves will send grizzled veteran Charlie Morton to the hill, and he will be opposed by arguably the Phillies’ best pitcher this season Zack Wheeler.
Morton comes into this one with a 13-6 record, with a 3.53 ERA. Morton started the season off slowly but has come on later in the year. He has struck out 203 hitters in his 176 innings pitched this season.
Wheeler finally lived up to expectations this season. After signing a huge free-agent deal a couple of years ago, Wheeler is now pitching to his potential. Wheeler is 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA. He has struck out 240 hitters in his 206 innings pitched.
Freddie Freeman will be the hitter to watch for the Braves, as he has hit .419 against Wheeler in his career. Jean Segura will be the person to watch for the Phillies. Segura has two home runs while hitting .344 against Morton.
Wednesday, September 29
If you thought Tuesday night’s matchup was going to be good, Wednesday’s could be even better. Max Fried will pitch for the Braves, while Aaron Nola will take the ball for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Fried comes in at 13-7 with a 3.12 ERA. Fried missed the early portion of the season due to injury, but he has pitched well since coming back. The All-Star Nola is 9-8 with a 4.64 ERA.
Austin Riley has owned Nola. He’s hitting .375 with three homers in 24 at-bats. JT Realmuto has been equally as good against Fried, batting .437 with three homers and 7 RBIs.
Thursday, September 30
In the series finale, midseason acquisition, Kyle Gibson, will be on the hill for Philadelphia and will be opposed by rookie fireballer Ian Anderson. Both pitchers have a matching 3.60 ERA.
Since Gibson has spent most of his career in the American League, the Braves haven’t faced him very often. The same goes for Ian Anderson, as since he’s only been in the league for less than a year, there’s a very small sample size.