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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/20/14

Philadelphia Phillies (42-54) at Atlanta Braves (53-43)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Turner Field)

Kyle Kendrick (R) (4-9) (4.624) vs. Julio Teheran (R) (9-6) (2.707)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -177 / Philadelphia Phillies +167 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-PHI, FSN-S

The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves play a rubber matchup on Sunday afternoon.

The Phillies have won six of their last nine games but are still at the bottom of the NL East. The Phillies batting order continues to have its issues, producing three or fewer runs in seven of their last 12 games. Ryan Howard has just four hits in his last 10 games, while Dominic Brown has nine hits in his last 10 games. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 3.92, 19th in all of baseball. Kyle Kendrick takes the hill, and he’s 4-9 with a 4.62 ERA and has 76 strikeouts in 120.2 innings. Kendrick is 8-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 23 career games against the Braves.

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/20/14

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The Braves have won eight of 14 games in the month of July and remain the top team in their division. However, the Braves pitching hasn’t been the greatest as of late, allowing four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Braves have the sixth best ERA at 3.35. Offensively, Justin Upton has an extra base hit in four straight games and Jason Heyward had 14 hits in his last nine games. Starting is Alex Wood, who is 6-7 with a 3.36 ERA and has 82 strikeouts in 85.2 innings. Wood is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA in eight career games against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 7-15 in Kendricks last 22 starts as an underdog and 2-5 in Kendricks last 7 starts vs. National League East. The Braves are 2-6 in Woods last 8 starts overall and 0-4 in Woods last 4 starts during game 3 of a series. 

I stay away from insane lines as much as possible, especially when a team isn't playing extremely well lately. Give me the Phillies as a shot in the dark. 

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Philadelphia Phillies +167

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