Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 7/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (47-57) at Atlanta Braves (35-67)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
J Hellickson (7-7) (3.65) vs. J Teheran (3-8) (2.71)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -128 / Philadelphia Phillies +118 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves look to build on a 2-1 win at home yesterday as they continue their weekend set with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
The Phillies send their biggest trade chip to the bump on Saturday in what could be Jeremy Hellickson’s last outing with the club as he has been linked to a number of different teams as a pitching option without a huge price tag. The Phils have been the better of the two teams in this series throughout the season but they dropped the series opener last night and will have to deal with Julio Teheran in this one who has been excellent despite not having the wins to back it up. Philly started the season well but have been mediocre at best the rest of the way and will likely miss out on the playoffs this season and even more likely if they move Hellickson and others out the door.
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The Braves meanwhile have had an historically bad season and will certainly be absent from this year’s playoffs but they do have some nice pieces in place and if they can make some moves in the offseason they may not be in the NL East basement for long. The one cornerstone that we will see here is Teheran who is 3-8 this season but carries an impressive 2.71 ERA and is far and away the best option they Braves have on the mound. He will go up against Hellickson in what should be a pretty exciting pitching match up but when you look at each lineup top to bottom it is the visitors that have more pop but are considered under dogs in this game.
The Phillies are 5-1 in Hellickson’s last six starts, 1-4 in their last five during game three of a series, and 2-8 in their last 10 Saturday games while the Braves are 2-6 in their last eight overall 0-5 in their last five against the NL East, and 14-37 in their last 51 home games. The Braves do have an edge on the mound but that’s where things end and getting the better team at a price is something we are going to take