Braves vs. Phillies - 9/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Philadelphia Phillies (70-88) at Atlanta Braves (65-92)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
J Hellickson (12-10) (3.78) vs. J Collmenter (3-0) (4.20)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -130 / Philadelphia Phillies +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves look to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies early Thursday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies could use a feel good win after losing five of their last six games. The Phillies have allowed 36 runs in their last three games and seven or more runs in six straight games. The Philadelphia Phillies have an ERA of 4.58 and have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Odubel Herrera leads Philadelphia with 164 hits, Cesar Hernandez has 38 RBI and Maikel Franco has 25 home runs. Jeremy Hellickson gets the ball, and he’s 12-10 with a 3.78 ERA and 150 strikeouts this season. Hellickson is 1-0 with a 4.08 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
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The Atlanta Braves look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Braves have scored 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 14 games. The Atlanta Braves offense has caught fire recently, and they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games when scoring more than three runs. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta with 177 hits, Nick Markakis has 88 RBI and Adonis Garcia has 14 home runs. Josh Collmenter takes the hill, and he’s 3-0 with a 4.19 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. Collmenter is 1-3 with a 4.78 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Phillies are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 11-5 in Hellicksons last 16 starts. The Braves are 22-47 in their last 69 during game 3 of a series and 8-1 in their last 9 vs. National League East. The Phillies are 5-11 in the last 16 meetings in Atlanta.
The Braves are building some serious positive vibes heading into next season and are showing signs of the potential of this young club overall. The Phillies are simply waiting for the offseason and have been rocked pitching wise. You have to like the Braves to complete the sweep here given the way the first two games have played out.