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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 5/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (18-14) at Atlanta Braves (7-23)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)

Jerad Eickhoff (1-4) (4.21) vs. J Chacin (1-2) (5.40)

The Line: Atlanta Braves +100 / Philadelphia Phillies -108 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


In Wednesday evening MLB action at Turner Field, we’ve got another game coming in the series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves.

This will be game two of a three-game set. On Tuesday in the opener, the Phillies eked out a 3-2 victory for the early series lead. The Braves’ Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth to get within one run, but Atlanta couldn’t keep up the rally.

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 5/11/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Phillies will be rolling out right-hander Jerad Eickhoff for Wednesday’s game. On the season, Eickhoff sports a 4.21 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP over six starts and 36.1 innings for a 1-4 record. In his most recent outing on Thursday against the Cardinals, Eickhoff allowed three runs in six innings for a loss.

The Philadelphia offense isn’t the greatest in the league, but there are few notable producers present. Odubel Herrera has come up with 37 hits and 20 runs this year, while Maikel Franco has seven homers and 18 RBI. Ryan Howard is also swinging a big bat with seven homers and 15 RBI, but owns a paltry .177 BA. Howard went 0-for-4 on Tuesday.

As for the Braves, they’ll be running with right-hander Jhoulys Chacin in Wednesday’s starting role. In his 26.2 innings and six starts this year, Chacin owns a 5.40 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. When we last saw him last Wednesday against the Mets, Chacin gave up eight earned in 4.2 innings for a loss.

The Atlanta hitters haven’t been able to do much at the plate, either. Nick Markakis is one exception, however, with his 32 hits and 20 RBI. Freddie Freeman hasn’t been bad with 30 hits and 12 runs on his five homers. Adonis Garcia is one of the top producers as well with 27 hits and eight RBI. Garcia is currently on a Triple-A assignment to work on his skills in left field. 

The Phillies are 5-0 in their last five game twos of a series, but 1-6 in Eickhoff’s last seven road starts.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 3-14 in their last 17 Wednesday games, and 8-23 in their last 31 game twos of a series.

Honestly, I don’t have high hopes for either team here, but I’ll give the edge to the Phillies on talent. Eickhoff shouldn’t have much trouble suppressing the Atlanta hitters.

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