Braves vs. Phillies - 5/4/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (9-17) at Atlanta Braves (12-13)
MLB Baseball: Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
A Harang (2-2) (2.51) vs. A Wood (1-1) (4.03)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -152 / Philadelphia Phillies +142 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies face off on Monday at Turner Field in Atlanta in game one of their MLB series of NL East teams.
It’s a rebuilding year for the Atlanta Braves but even so they are in second place in the National League East standings. The Braves are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 6-7 at home this season, and they are 3.5 games behind the Mets in the standings. As a team the Mets are hitting .239 with Juan Lagares hitting .324, Lucas Duda hitting .304, and Wilmer Flores hitting .240. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 4.39 with the starters at 4.31 and the bullpen at 4.52. For game one against the Phillies the Braves start Alex Wood who has allowed 32 hits and 13 runs while striking out 20 over 29 innings for a 1-1 record and a 4.03 ERA.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have begun the rebuilding process but they are in last place in the NL East standings. The Phillies are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 3-11 on the road this season, and they are seven games back in the NL East. As a team the Phillies are hitting .219 with Freddy Galvis hitting .341, Odubel Herrera hitting .304, and Cody Asche hitting .271. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.38 with the starters at 5.16 and the bullpen at 2.95. For game one against the Braves the Phillies start Aaron Harang who has allowed 24 hits and nine runs while striking out 27 over 32.1 innings for a 2-2 record and a 2.51 ERA.
Atlanta is 5-1 in game one of a series, 2-9 against the NL East, and 1-4 in Wood’s last five starts as a favorite. Philadelphia is 8-20 in their last 28 road games, 5-12 against the NL East, and 1-5 in their last six games.
I am not sure how Wood and the Braves are such a big favorite but regardless there is a lot of value in going against them here.