PHILA PHILLIES @ ATLANTA BRAVES – Monday April 16, 2018
Well we are now two full weeks into the 2018 MLB Season, but it’s been more like Football weather and not a fun start for the hitters across the league. Bad weather including extreme cold and snow has hit what seems over half the league so far, cancelling games at a historic rate already. Mother Nature has already reared her ugly head with more cancellations Monday, but one game that will be played is in beautiful new Sun Trust Park. Two young teams off to nice starts so far, with Philly the hottest team in the League with back to back Series sweeps of the Reds and Rays and now on a (8-1) run overall.
These two met to open the new ’18 season in Atlanta, with the Braves taking two of the three and scoring 27 runs in that opening 3 game set.
Tonight the Phils send their young Ace of the staff, Aaron Nola, to face Braves hopeful Ace one day, Teheran. Nola has been lights out so far, with a rock solid (1.96) ERA in his first 3 starts and only 1 Homer allowed in (18.1) innings. He has been outstanding vs. Braves in his short career thus far, going (5-1), (1.93 ERA) in his 8 starts. He pitched the Opener vs. Braves and allowed only 1 run on 3 hits. His last outing he went a strong 8 innings, allowing only (3) hits and (1) earned run.
Teheran has not gone deep really yet, with (6) innings his last start his deepest start so far. He’s been very erratic and he’s not gotten into a good groove thus far this season. He’s allowed 10 walks, too many base runners, and a crushing 4 homers as well. Opponents are hitting (.314) so far, and just teeing off on all his mistakes. Teheran has already had 19 starts vs. the Phillies, with a (3.52) ERA overall.
The Phillies have gotten a great effort so far by young and upcoming star of the future, 2B Kingery. He has 11 RBI’s in the 6 game winning streak and his 7 doubles lead all MLB Rookies so far.
BETTING ANGLE: PHILLIES (-$1.28) * (8 TOTAL RUNS)
GREENE LIGHT WINNING BET OF NIGHT: PHILLIES/(NOLA) over Braves
By Gary Greene
*Gary Greene is one of the most respected Sports Betting Handicappers in the Country for over 3 decades and longtime Sports Radio host and Football Betting Magazine Writer.