Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies collide for game one of their series at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Braves are -120 favorites over the Phillies with an over/under total set at 7 runs.
It took some late inning heroics but the Atlanta Braves rallied to avoid the home sweep by Washington to gain some momentum for this big series. The Braves are in third place in the National League East, four and a half games behind the Philadelphia Phillies and 7-3 in their last 10 games. As a team Atlanta is hitting .241 led by Brian McCann at .310, Martin Prado at .281, and Chipper Jones at .272. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 2.94 with the starters at 2.92 and the bullpen at 2.98. For game one against the first place Phillies Atlanta starts Brandon Beachy who hasn’t had a decision in his last three starts. For the season Beachy has allowed 30 hits and 14 earned runs while striking out 45 in 42.1 innings of work.
The Philadelphia Phillies are three games clear in the National League East but the heat is nowhere near off as the season approached the end of the first quarter. The Phillies are 11-5 on the road, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and have outscored their opponents by 39 runs. As a team Philadelphia is hitting .259 with Placido Polanco leading at .350, Shane Victorino at .286, Jimmy Rollins at .283, and Ryan Howard at .268. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 3.04 with the starters at 3.11 and the bullpen at 2.86. For game one of this series Philadelphia starts Cole Hamels who snapped a personal three game winning streak last time out. For the season Hamels has allowed 36 hits and 15 earned runs while striking out 49 in 47.2 innings of work.
Atlanta is 5-1 in their last six games against a left handed starter, 8-3 in their last 11 games overall, and 1-4 in Beachy’s last five home starts. Philadelphia is 4-14 in their last 54 against a team with a winning record, 35-16 in their last 51 road games, and 4-1 in Hamels’ last five road starts. Philadelphia is 1-4 in Hamels’ last five starts against Atlanta.
With these two on the hill runs are going to be tough to come by and it looks like a pretty obvious under. Take under 7 runs