Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 9/2/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (52-83) at Philadelphia Phillies (60-73)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Joel De La Cruz (0-7) (4.66) vs. J Hellickson (10-8) (3.80)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -143 / Atlanta Braves +133 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves visit Citizens Bank Park to begin a series with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Atlanta Braves are a team that hasn’t done much winning but are viewed with a wary eye. The Braves opened up the offense in a 9-6 victory versus visiting San Diego Thursday afternoon. Bravos starter Mike Foltynewicz was solid as well with three runs scoring on a pair of long balls over six frames before Chaz Roe allowed three runs. The Braves pounded out eleven hits with Freddie Freeman going deep, driving three and scoring twice while Anthony Rocker drove in two more. The Braves open their series at Philadelphia with rookie Joel De La Cruz on the mound. De La Cruz has appeared in 15 games (eight starts) and is 0-7 with a 4.66 ERA.
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The Philadelphia Phillies are prepping for next season when most of their lineup will have more experience under their belt. The Phillies come off of a 2-1 loss to visiting Washington Wednesday where the bats never got going. Phils starter Adam Morgan fell to 1-9 with both runs allowed on three hits through 6.2 innings. Philadelphia was held to two hits and a pair of bases on balls with Freddy Galvis clubbing his 15th homer. The Phillies kick off the series against Atlanta with Jeremy Hellickson on the hill Friday. Hellickson was hit hard last time out with five runs plated on seven hits including two homers in a 12-1 loss at the Mets.
The over is 14-4-1 in Atlanta’s last 19 overall and is 14-4-1 in their last 19 on grass while going 8-3 in their last 11 road games. The under is 5-1-2 in Philadelphia’s last 8 home games. Atlanta are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings and the under is 12-5-1 in the last 18 meetings. Hellickson leads the Phillies pitchers in just about everything so I’ll back them…