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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick- 8/4/13

Atlanta Braves (66-45) at Philadelphia Phillies (50-60)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Alex Wood (L) (1-1) (5.024) vs. Cliff Lee (L) (10-4) (3.048)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +117 / Atlanta Braves -127 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


The Philadelphia Phillies look to slow down the red hot Atlanta Braves in Sunday night action.

Aside from their hot start to 2013, Atlanta is playing about as well as possible, although they were taken to the limit in Saturday's 5-4, 12 inning victory over the Phillies. The Braves have now won ten of eleven as they are now starting to pull away in the National League East behind good hitting and pitching. It was a little of both Saturday with Brandon Beachy allowing all four runs (three earned) on five hits and two BB in 6.1 frames with six relievers putting up zeros. The bats mustered five hits and walked eight times, with Freddie Freeman driving in a pair of runs and the game winner crossing the plate on a fielder's choice. The Braves send out rookie lefty Alex Wood for his third straight start when he takes the mound against Philadelphia. Wood picked up his first career win when he defeated Colorado with three runs plated over seven innings.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick- 8/4/13

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Mathematically speaking, Philadelphia is still in the running for the National League East, although logic says that would be going against big odds. The Phillies have been in a freefall with defeats in ten of eleven after Saturday's extra inning loss. In this stretch, neither the arms or bats have come through and I'd say a lack of offensive punch has been hurting this team the most. Starter John Lannan allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and a pair of free passes before Jake Diekman gave up a run in the 12th to take the loss. The Philadelphia attack consisted of seven hits and four bases on balls, with John Mayberry slamming a two run homer. Veteran left-hander Cliff Lee is scheduled to pitch against the rival Braves if he is recovered from a stiff neck that caused him to miss his last start. Lee has dropped two in a row and has given up 13 runs over 19.1 frames.

Normally, I would say Cliff Lee would have the advantage here but he hasn't been throwing the ball well and the Phils have been beyond bad. I'll back my team, but don't expect much from them and won't be betting them...

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