Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/26/14
Atlanta Braves (77-82) at Philadelphia Phillies (72-87)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Ervin Santana (R) (14-10) (3.877) vs. Jerome Williams (R) (5-3) (3.669)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +105 / Atlanta Braves -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSO, CSPh
The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves play for pride in the NL East in their final series of the season.
The Atlanta Braves have been a train wreck in September with a record of 5-16 as they have clinched a losing record for the year. In their latest series, the Braves lost three of four to the Pirates including a 10-1 loss in the finale on Thursday night to just pour salt into their wounds. The Braves offense has struggled all year ranking in the bottom seven of the entire league in batting average, runs scored, slugging and on base percentage.
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Atlanta will look to boost morale to close the year as Ervin Santana takes the mound on Friday night. Santana has had a decent year entering this contest with a WHIP of 1.29 and ERA of 3.88 while posting a record of 14-10. The righty Santana has been worse on the road with a 4.03 ERA across 14 starts but has basically played to his numbers against the Phillies with an ERA of 3.82 over five starts spanning 30.2 innings.
The Philadelphia Phillies entered the season with a high-priced roster but offense just never took off with Ryan Howard slumping for most of the season and Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd unable to carry the load by themselves. The Phillies enter their final homestand coming off a ten game road trip where they went 3-7, most recently dropping two of three to the Marlins capped with a 6-4 loss on Thursday night. In last night’s game, Chase Utley had two hits and two RBI’s, Dominic Brown had a hit and drove in two runs, Ben Revere had two hits and scored twice, and Ryan Howard went 0-4 while striking out in all four at bats.
The Phillies will look to end on a high note as Jerome Williams takes the mound on Friday night. Williams enters this game with a WHIP of 1.39 and ERA of 4.71 while posting a record of 6-7 across time in both leagues this year. Williams has definitely enjoyed his time in the National League and is coming off a pair of impressive outings allowing just one unearned run over his last 14.1 innings of work.
Neither offense has been impressive this year so with two solid pitchers taking the mound my pick is on the under in a game that's really not worth playing with the postseason starting up next week.