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Phillies vs. Braves - 7/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (28-54) at Philadelphia Phillies (37-46)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Joel De La Cruz (0-1) (4.50) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (5-9) (3.38)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -155 / Atlanta Braves +145 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSE/CSPh

The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies begin a three-game series Monday afternoon.

The Atlanta Braves could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Braves have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Atlanta Braves have an ERA of 4.30 and have lost five of their last six games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 90 hits, Nick Markakis has 42 RBI and Adonis Garcia has five home runs. Joel De La Cruz gets the nod, and he’s 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and one strikeout this season. This will be De La Cruz’s first career game against the Phillies.

Phillies vs. Braves - 7/4/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look to keep rolling after winning six of their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Philadelphia Phillies offense is rolling right now, and they’ve won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 91 hits, Maikel Franco has 45 RBI and Freddy Galvis has seven home runs. Jerad Eickhoff takes the hill, and he’s 5-9 with a 3.38 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Eickhoff is 1-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 1-9 in their last 10 Monday games. The Phillies are 21-43 in their last 64 during game 1 of a series and 4-1 in Eickhoffs last 5 starts. The Braves are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Philadelphi and 7-3 in the last 10 meetings overall.

The Phillies are hot again, and the Braves continue to struggle to score and have a pitcher on the hill who is making just his second career start. Have to like the Phillies at home.

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Philadelphia Phillies -155

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