Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/14/14
Atlanta Braves (7-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-6)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Ervin Santana (R) (1-0) (0.000) vs. Fausto Carmona (R) (1-0) (4.356)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +124 / Atlanta Braves -134 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-S, TCN-PHI, ESPN
The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will begin a four-game series on Monday.
The Braves are coming off a three-game sweep over the Washington Nationals and improved to 8-4 on the season. The Braves offense has produced six or more runs in three straight games, and Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton have combined for eight homeruns on the season. The Braves pitching has also been pretty solid and that should continue with Ervin Santana getting the nod. Santana is 1-0 in one start this season, as he pitched 8 scoreless innings against the New York Mets. Santana is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in only one career start against the Phillies.
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The Phillies looked to have saved their season with a three-game sweep over the Miami Marlins. The Phillies pitching shutdown the Marlins bats, while Chase Utley is one of the hottest hitters in baseball, getting at least two hits in four straight games. Roberto Hernandez will pitch for the Phillies on Monday, as he’s 1-0 on the season with a 4.35 ERA. Hernandez has allowed five earned runs in 10.1 innings and has 14 strikeouts. Hernandez is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in one career start against the Braves.
The Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter and 5-2 in their last 7 games as a road favorite. The Phillies are 3-7 in their last 10 home games and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League East. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
I really like the way the Phillies are swinging the bats as of late and Hernandez looked good in his last start. Add the fact that the Phillies are at home, and I'll take the plus money.