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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (48-54) at Philadelphia Phillies (37-64)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 1:35 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

R Dickey (6-7) (4.24) vs. Vincent Velasquez (2-6) (5.49)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -121 / Atlanta Braves +111 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPh, FSSO

The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies meet Sunday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The Atlanta Braves could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Braves have allowed 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Atlanta Braves have lost nine straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ender Inciarte leads the Braves with 129 hits and 39 RBI while Nick Markakis and Brandon Phillips have combined for 209 hits and 86 RBI. R.A. Dickey gets the ball, and he is 6-7 with a 4.31 ERA and 82 strikeouts this season. Dickey is 6-5 with a 2.98 ERA and 75 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.  

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 7/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for another win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Phillies have scored 14 runs in this series and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 104 hits an 38 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph have combined for 183 hits and 94 RBI. Vince Velasquez gets the ball, and he is 2-6 with a 5.49 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. Velasquez is 0-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-10 in their last 14 Sunday games, 2-5 in Dickeys last 7 road starts and 4-0 in Dickeys last 4 starts vs. a team with a losing record. The Phillies are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 2-9 in Velasquezs last 11 home starts and 5-16 in Velasquezs last 21 starts. The Braves are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia.

Dickey has been tagged in his last two starts, allowing eight runs in his last 10.2 innings and he has an ERA of nearly six on the road. Velasquez has been a lot better than his numbers indicate and while he hasn't pitched his best at home, he does have a red hot offense backing him up. You don't get value on the Phillies often, so you have to take it when you can get it. 

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