Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/14
Atlanta Braves (40-37) at Philadelphia Phillies (35-42)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Julio Teheran (R) (6-5) (2.411) vs. Kyle Kendrick (R) (3-7) (4.198)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +112 / Atlanta Braves -122 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-S, CSN-PHI
The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will begin a four-game series on Friday night.
The Braves have lost six of their last 10 games and are only two games away from being a .500 ball club. The Braves offense continues to struggle and has produced three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The struggle is real, as the Braves are 29th in the league in runs scored, but Freddie Freeman has 15 hits in his last 10 games. The only thing keeping the Braves afloat is the fifth best ERA at 3.30. Julio Teheran gets the nod, and he’s 6-5 with a 2.41 ERA and has 94 strikeouts in 112 innings. Teheran is 2-2 with a 3.28 ERA in six career games against the Phillies.
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The Phillies have won seven of their last 11 games and are six games below a .500 record. Although the Phillies offense has been inconsistent throughout the year, they have scored four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. Ryan Howard has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Chase Utley has four RBI in his last two games. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 3.83, 15th best in the majors. Kyle Kendrick takes the hill, and he’s 3-7 with a 4.20 ERA and has 57 strikeouts in 94.1 innings. Kendrick is 8-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 22 career games against the Braves.
The Braves are 6-2 in Teheran's last 8 starts as a road favorite and 5-1 in Teheran's last 6 starts with 5 days of rest. The Phillies are 5-13 in Kendrick's last 18 starts as an underdog and 1-4 in Kendrick's last 5 starts during game 1 of a series. The Braves are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings.
Kendrick has feasted on the Braves throughout his career. I'll take my chances with the plus money.