Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/29/14
Atlanta Braves (41-38) at Philadelphia Phillies (36-43)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Aaron Harang (R) (6-6) (3.776) vs. David Buchanan (R) (4-3) (4.790)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +102 / Atlanta Braves -112 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-S, CSN-PHI
The Atlanta Braves look to sweep the four-game series over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
The Braves have won seven of their last 10 games and are back to four games above a .500 record. The Braves pitching has been on point, but it’s been the 19 runs they’ve scored in this series that has made the difference. Justin Upton has four RBI in his last two games and the Braves have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Pitching wise, the Braves have the sixth best ERA in baseball at 3.31. Aaron Harang gets the nod, and he’s 6-6 with a 3.78 ERA and has 88 strikeouts in 95.1 innings. Harang is 4-3 with a 5.47 ERA in 14 career games against the Phillies.
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The Phillies have lost seven of their last nine games and have pretty much buried themselves in the NL East. While the Phillies pitching hasn’t been anything spectacular, the offense has produced three or fewer runs in seven of their last nine games. The Phillies have lost The Phillies have lost nine straight games when being held to three or fewer runs. Chase Utley, however, does have eigt hits in his last 10 games. The Phillies pitching has an ERA of 3.79. David Buchanan takes the hill, and he’s 4-3 with a 4.79 ERA and has 27 strikeouts in 41.1 innings. This is Buchanan’s first career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter and 1-4 in their last 5 during game 4 of a series. The Phillies are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series and 6-13 in their last 19 vs. National League East. The Braves are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Philadelphia.
It seems like the Braves are back in their groove and the Phillies can't do much of anything right on the offensive end. I like the Braves to get the sweep in this spot.