Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick-Odds-Prediction - 6/16/14
Philadelphia Phillies (29-37) at Atlanta Braves (35-32)
MLB Baseball: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Cole Hamels (L) (2-3) (3.074) vs. Julio Teheran (R) (6-4) (2.413)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -134 / Philadelphia Phillies +124 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia Phillies head to Turner Field where the division leading Atlanta Braves await.
The Phillies have their backs against the wall before we reach the All Star break as they try to get going and escape the National League East basement. It seems hot streaks can't be sustained and that means it's going to be tough going forward if the team can't win consistently. The trend continued Sunday with a chance to win the series against the visiting Cubs going by the wayside in a 3-0 defeat. AJ Burnett took the loss with all three runs plated over eight innings while the offense was silent on three hits and three walks. Lefty Cole Hamels looks to continue his strong work on the mound in the opener at Atlanta. Hamels has thrown consecutive shutouts and has allowed one earned run in his past three outings.
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Atlanta is holding on to the top spot in the National League East but their grip is far from strong with both Washington and Miami ready to take over. Consistency on the mound and at the plate hasn't been a strength which is why nobody else has taken over as well. It's hard to nail down this team and they proved that in Sunday's 7-3 victory over the Angels as the Braves trailed 3-0 and looked lifeless until suddenly exploding for four 6th inning runs. Mike Minor gave up three runs despite allowing eleven hits through five innings with four relievers holding Los Angeles off the scoreboard. The offense broke loose for 12 hits with Tommy La Stella going 3-3 with a pair of RBI's and a run while Jason Heyward went solo. Julio Teheran has earned the title of ace in 2014 and is the main reason Atlanta is clinging to first in the NL East. Teheran is 6-4 with a 2.41 ERA with the team going 10-4 in his starts.
Both hurlers give good reason to back them with Hamels being a beast lately while Teheran has been a beast from day one. Having said that I don't like where my Phils are heading and betting Atlanta is completely frustrating at times. I'm taking the home team but would love to see them lose...