The Atlanta Braves sit on top of the National League (NL) East, and they have Charlie Morton to thank for it. The pitcher has had a great year and the Braves apparently know how to show their appreciation. He was just signed to a $20-million extension for next season, with a similar club option for the 2023 season. Atlanta’s on track to take the division, per the current MLB standings, if the team can keep things going as they face the Washington Nationals. There are also some other important games across the league today, with plenty of action to be found.
Brewers Against the Phillies
The Milwaukee Brewers (84-55) are in great shape. In fact, if the season were to end today, they would most likely meet the Braves in the NL divisional series. They lead the NL Central, but still need to wrap up the rest of the regular season before they can relax. The Brewers face the Philadelphia Phillies (71-66) today in the second of a three-game series. Milwaukee didn’t show up for the first game, losing 12-0 last night.
The Phillies come into tonight’s game riding a wave of success. They have won eight of their last ten contests and are 5-2 in their last seven when listed as the favorite. This game will challenge that stat, though, as there is no clear favorite. The moneyline is tight, with the Phillies listed as only a very slight favorite at most books. However, Philadelphia will likely win, and taking the Phillies at -115 is a good move. The Over/Under is at 8.5 and, if last night’s game is an indication, the Over at -108 is the target. The Phillies aren’t likely to run away with it tonight, but the battle has just begun.
Giants Face the Rockies
The San Francisco Giants (88-50) take on the Colorado Rockies (63-75) in Colorado, ready to begin to put the final touches on a successful season. The Giants lead the NL West, but have only gone .500 in their last ten games, which means there is still a chance that they slip in the standings. However, Colorado isn’t going any further this season and has quickly run out of steam. The Rockies have dropped six of their last ten, ready for the season to come to end.
The Giants are the clear favorite tonight, getting -220 against the Rockies’ +180. That doesn’t offer a lot of return for bettors, but the game is still important. San Francisco is clinging onto its slight lead over the LA Dodgers and wants to win everything from this point forward. While a moneyline bet may not have a lot to offer, there’s still a good option on the Over/Under. Currently at 11.5, bettors can expect to see a lot of big plays in this game. Backing the Over of -120 isn’t unreasonable and can pay off.
Rays Continue to Shine
The Tampa Bay Rays (87-51) are on fire. They are a virtual lock for the American League East and have to feel good about their chances of going deep in the postseason. They lead the division by 8.5 games and have a 96.3% chance of taking the East. Tonight, they can relax a little, as they take on a team that is all but done for the year. The Boston Red Sox (79-61) may still be alive, but they only have a 1.1% chance of taking the East.
The only thing the Red Sox have going for them is that they are just 0.5 games behind the New York Yankees for a wild card spot, which is giving them an incentive to try harder. Because of that, Boston can’t be considered completely out of the picture. That’s why oddsmakers are giving them more support than they might in other circumstances, but the Rays, the favorites at -104, still win. The Over/Under is at 9.5, which could be a difficult target tonight. Backing the Under at -110 makes more sense.