TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASEBALL SELECTION WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12TH
#932 ATLANTA with Wright (-140) over Philadelphia with Wheeler at 4:35 PM EST
Off three straight postseason wins, the Phillies will finally meet their match when they take on the Braves in Game 2 of the National League Division Series. Atlanta is the defending World Series Champion, and, in this critical best-of-five series, manager Brian Snitker will have his troops ready to bounce back and even things up.
Young right-hander Kyle Wright will grab the pearl for the home team. So far this season, No. 30 has been lights out with 30 starts in the bank allowing just 64 earned runs and 156 hits in 180.1 innings of work. Wright struck out 174 and walked 53 on his way to an amazing 21-5 record with a respectable 3.19 ERA. Pitching in his own backyard has worked out well for Kyle too. Inside Truist Park, Wright has been outstanding allowing just 33 earned runs and 91 hits in 103.2 frames. That’s good enough for a 13-2 tally with an incredible 2.86 ERA.
Ace righty Zack Wheeler will counter for the visitors. With 26 starts completed this year, No. 45 was tripped for 48 earned runs and 125 hits in 153.0 innings. Wheeler fanned 163 and issued 34 free passes on his way to a 12-7 record with a 2.82 ERA. Zack has faced Hotlanta three times this season too. With 20.0 frames completed, Wheeler was zapped for six earned runs and 18 hits. After the math, that adds up to a 2-0 tally with a 2.70 ERA.
With both arms certainly capable, the following team trends will help push this Best Bet over the top. Atlanta has won 44 of its last 57 in the second game of a series, 42 of its last 55 when playing in the comforts of home, 48 of its last 69 when coming off a loss, and 42 of its last 61 after scoring five runs or more previously. On the other side of the yard, Philadelphia has slipped in 11 of its last 15 as a guest in this series and six of its last eight after allowing five runs or more.
The Braves are the defending World Series Champions, and they will make darn sure they get back in this series with a solid performance over the emotionally spent Phillies. Take Atlanta with Wright. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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