Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/16/14
Atlanta Braves (8-4) at Philadelphia Phillies (6-6)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
David Hale (R) (0-0) (2.894) vs. Cliff Lee (L) (2-1) (5.500)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -128 / Atlanta Braves +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: MLB N, SPSO, CSN-PHI
The Atlanta Braves search for their fifth win in a row when they play game 2 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. The Braves won game 1, 9-6.
The Braves have done a fabulous job during their winning streak, scoring no less than six runs in their last four games. There are four Braves batters with at least 11 hits already this season. David Hale will hope to help the Braves lineup out when he takes the mound for the third time. Hale is 0-0 this season with an ERA of 2.89 and has walked seven batters in 9.1 innings of work. Hale has won his only career start against the Phillies, as he allowed one run in six innings.
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The Phillies had their three-game winning streak come to an end, but their veteran lineup still put together eight hits and scored five runs in the eighth inning. The Phillies pitching, however, could improve, as Philadelphia has allowed eight or more runs in four of their last five losses. Cliff Lee seems to be the guy who can turn that around, as he’s 2-1 on the season with an ERA of 5.50 and has 15 strikeouts in 18 innings. Lee is 7-6 with an ERA of 2.80 in 15 career starts against the Braves.
The Braves are 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. a left-handed starter and 18-6 in their last 24 during game 2 of a series. The Phillies are 1-4 in Lee's last 5 home starts vs. a team with a winning record and 11-4 in their last 15 games as a home favorite.
While Lee is going to get the respect from oddmakers, and the Phillies are at home, we’re getting plus money with a team that’s been on a role. Hale has also looked sharp to begin the season and didn’t give up a run in his last start.
There’s value in taking the Braves on the road, which is why it’s my free pick.