Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/17/14
Philadelphia Phillies (29-38) at Atlanta Braves (36-32)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Kyle Kendrick (R) (2-6) (4.094) vs. Ervin Santana (R) (5-3) (4.091)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -159 / Philadelphia Phillies +149 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-PHI, SPSO, MLB NET
The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will take the field Tuesday for game two of three.
The Phillies have won five of their last seven games and hope to keep the momentum going after a 13-inning win on Monday. While the offense hasn’t’ been consistent, the Phillies have scored four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. Marlon Byrd has 10 hits in his last 10 games and Jimmy Rollins has an 11-game hitting streak. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.02, which is 21st in the league. Kyle Kendrick takes the hill, and he’s 2-6 with a 4.09 ERA and has 49 strikeouts in 81.1 innings. Kendrick is 7-2 with a 3.28 ERA in 21 career games against the Braves.
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The Braves seem like they don’t want to be in first place in the NL East very much longer, as they’re 6-8 in the month of June. Surprisingly, the Braves pitching staff hasn’t helped during this stretch, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Braves have an ERA of 3.34 on the season. Offensively, Justin Upton has scored seven runs in his last nine games and Jason Heyward has six RBI in his last 10 games. Starting is Ervin Santana, who is 5-3 with a 4.09 ERA and has 67 strikeouts in 77 innings. Santana is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in two career starts against the Phillies.
The Phillies are 2-9 in Kendrick's last 11 road starts and 4-12 in Kendrick's last 16 starts as an underdog. The Braves are 1-4 in Santana's last 5 starts as a favorite and 4-1 in Santana's last 5 starts vs. National League East.
Kendrick has had his way with the Braves throughout his career, and the Braves haven't been playing well as of late. There's value with Philly on the road.