The Phillies are priced as short underdogs at the Braves for Game 2 of their NL Division Series on Wednesday, according to odds posted at sportsbooks minutes after Philadelphia’s 7-6 series-opening win in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Odds on the Phillies to win the NLDS have shifted after their Game 1 win. The lower-seed Phillies are now the -165 favorites, against +135 for the Braves, per the updated series price at DraftKings.
Phillies vs. Braves Game 2 Odds
Here are current odds for Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Braves and Phillies, scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Atlanta, from top sports betting apps.
Phillies, Braves World Series Odds Shift
DraftKings now has the Phillies, a wild card team, listed at +700 to win the World Series. Philadelphia has won its first three games of this postseason, all of them as road underdogs.
The defending champion Braves are now +750 to win the World Series, according to DraftKings. Their odds to win the NL pennant will certainly lengthen once that market adjusts for the Game 1 result.
The Braves host the Phillies in Game 2 on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 4:37 p.m. ET. The NLDS between Atlanta and Philly is a best-of-five series, with the winning team earning the right to face the winner of the Dodgers/Padres series.
Phillies vs. Braves Pitching Matchup, Game 2 NLDS
Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) vs. Kyle Wright (21-5, 3.19 ERA)
Righthander Wheeler returns to the mound for his second start of the postseason, following a superb performance against the Cardinals in the NL Wild Card series. Wheeler allowed just two hits and zero runs in 6 1/3 last Friday. He faces the Braves, a team he has a 2-0 record (2.70 ERA) in three starts in 2022.
Atlanta starter Kyle Wright, who led the NL with 21 wins, also had success against his Game 2 opponent. In three starts against the Phillies in 2022, Wright had a 2.84 ERA with only eight hits allowed in 19 innings. If there’s any concern, it could be the fact that the Fightin’ Phils managed seven walks and three homers off Wright. Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has two homers against Wright, while teammates Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins each have an HR against him as well.
Both the Atlanta and Philadelphia bullpens were forced to get 17 outs in Game 1, spread across four pitchers each. That could come into play in Game 2, if the starters don’t go at least 5-6 innings. We know the bullpens will be important, as they are in most postseason series. Atlanta has the edge in bullpen talent: The Braves 3.03 bullpen ERA ranked fourth in baseball, while the Phillies relief unit came in at 4.27 (23rd in MLB).
Jose Alvarado helps the betting underdog Phillies to a Game 1 win over the Braves (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Braves, Phillies NLDS Game 2 Prediction
In three games in this postseason, Phillies starting pitchers have been stellar: In 16 1/3 innings, they have allowed just one earned run. That’s gone a long way to leading Philadelphia to three wins and a 1-0 lead in the NL Division Series.
Wheeler looked locked-in during his first start, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be tough again against the Braves. But we think the Braves are too seasoned and too hard to beat at home to fall behind by two games. Two of Atlanta’s biggest stars, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Matt Olson, combined for five hits, three walks, three RBI, and three runs scored in Game 1. If the Braves top of the order is hot, beating the Braves is nearly impossible.
But Philly’s offense is rolling, so we wouldn’t touch a run line, because this game will probably be a one-run affair once more. We like the moneyline on the Braves, and would consider an HR prop bet on Acuna Jr. for Game 2.