Phillies and Braves Trending in Opposite Directions Through June

By Leo Abbe-Schneider
Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves
Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves / Kevin C. Cox

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Despite being in second place less than two weeks ago, the Atlanta Braves have taken a four-game lead in the National League East over the division rival Philadelphia Phillies. Immediately following the signing of Dallas Keuchel, the Braves' odds to win the division were +140 according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Less than two weeks later, they are now the odds-on favorites to win the division at -230 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

After winning their first four games of the season, the Philadelphia Phillies have gone just one game over .500 since. The Braves, meanwhile, have had a completely inverse trend line. The Braves started the year 0-3, but have gone 16 games over .500 since.

Not only has Atlanta's play improved significantly since the beginning of the year, when shoddy bullpen work led to a couple of late-inning losses, but the team also made a key addition to its roster, signing Keuchel as a free agent. While Keuchel hasn't made his first start in a Braves uniform, he should be a major boost when he does take the mound, which could come this weekend.

The Braves made a statement in last weekend's series against the Phillies, taking two out of three and outscoring Philadelphia by 14 runs in the three-game series.

The Braves are 8-2 in their last 10 games while the Phillies have dropped six of their last seven and are now 3-7 in their last 10 games. If that trend continues, the Braves could run away with this division despite the hype surrounding the Phillies early in the season.

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