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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 5/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (12-30) at Philadelphia Phillies (24-19)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

C Kelly (0-0) (3.00) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (1-6) (4.44)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -150 / Atlanta Braves +138 --- Over/Under 8 See the Latest Odds


Sunday afternoon in MLB action, we’ve got the series finale between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies from Citizens Bank Park.

This is the third and final game of the weekend set. On Friday in the opener, the Braves pummeled Philly 7-1. On Saturday the Braves scored twice in the fourth inning, and that was all they needed for a 2-0 win.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 5/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Sunday’s matchup, it’s looking like the Braves will be rolling out right-hander Casey Kelly. A former top prospect, Kelly will be recalled from Triple-A after posting a 2.63 ERA at that level this season. In his lone relief appearance this year, Kelly logged three innings with three hits and an earned run.

There are a few players who buoy the Braves offense this season. Freddie Freeman is the main contributor with eight homers, 15 RBI, 19 runs and 42 hits. Nick Markakis has 39 hits with a team-high 24 RBI. Markakis posted a run on Saturday. Mallex Smith has also been pretty good on 15 runs and 14 RBI with 24 hits.

The Phillies will be turning to right-hander Jerad Eickhoff for Sunday’s game. In his eight starts and 1-6 record this season, Eickhoff has posted a 4.44 ERA with a 1.24 WHIP in 46.2 innings. On Monday, Eickhoff got the quality start against the Marlins but lost the game on three runs in six innings.

The Philadelphia batting order features a few diamonds in the proverbial rough. Odubel Herrera has 48 hits with 25 runs. Maikel Franco has 38 hits with seven homers and 23 RBI. Freddy Galvis has managed 36 hits with four homers and 17 RBI. On Saturday, Herrera, Franco and Galvis combined to go 0-for-10 at the plate.

The Braves are 9-27 in their last 36 game threes of a series, and 16-44 in their last 60 road games.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 12-4 in their last 16 game threes of a series, and 1-5 in Eickhoff’s last six starts overall.

Though not much of a high-quality game, this one has the potential to be close. Despite the weak offenses I like the over here and I’ll give Atlanta a small edge.

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