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Phillies vs. Braves - 4/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (8-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (5-10)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

A Wood (1-0) (3.93) vs. A Harang (2-1) (1.96)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -103 / Atlanta Braves -107 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-S, TCN-PHI

The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Friday night.

The Atlanta Braves need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Braves have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Braves have lost 16 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nick Markakis leads Atlanta with 19 hits and five RBI while Andrelton Simmons and Freddie Freeman have combined for 18 RBI. The Atlanta Braves really need to take advantage of this series before their hot start to the year starts to get away from them. Alex Wood gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 3.93 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Wood is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

Phillies vs. Braves - 4/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for a win after losing nine of their last 11 games. The Phillies have allowed 15 runs in their last two games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. Offensively, Cody Asche leads Philly with 17 hits and two homers while Freddy Galvis and Chase Utley have combined for 17 RBI. Four of the Philadelphia Phillies five wins have come on their home field, which is about their only positive heading into this series. Aaron Harang takes the hill, and he’s 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. Harang is 2-3 with a 4.21 ERA and 46 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 2-7 in Woods last 9 road starts. The Phillies are 2-9 in their last 11 vs. National League East and 2-6 in their last 8 vs. a team with a winning record. The Braves are 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphia and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings overall.

Both teams are in a bit of a funk, especially the Phillies. However, the Phills are at home and actually have a decent pitcher on the mound for once. In a game that could go either way, I'll back Philly in a toss-up matchup. 

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Philadelphia Phillies -103

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