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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (40-69) at Atlanta Braves (51-59)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 7:35 pm (SunTrust Park)

() () vs. J Teheran (7-9) (5.17)

The Line: Atlanta Braves / Philadelphia Phillies --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPh, FSSE

The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves meet Tuesday in MLB action at SunTrust Park.

The Philadelphia Phillies could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Phillies have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Philadelphia Phillies have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 113 hits and 41 RBI while Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph have combined for 198 hits and 101 RBI. Mark Leiter Jr. gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 4.35 ERA and 38 strikeouts this season. This will be Leiter’s first career game against the Braves. 

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 8/8/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Braves also need a win after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Braves have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Atlanta Braves have won nine of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Ender Inciarte leads the Braves with 139 hits and 40 RBI while Nick Markakis and Brandon Phillips have combined for 223 hits and 95 RBI. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he is 7-9 with a 5.10 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 7-5 with a 3.39 ERA and 77 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 vs. National League East, 18-50 in their last 68 road games and 2-7 in their last 9 games following an off day. The Braves are 2-6 in their last 8 vs. National League East, 7-22 in Teherans last 29 home starts and 4-10 in Teherans last 14 starts with 5 days of rest. The Phillies are 2-6 in the last 8 meetings in Atlanta, 4-0 in the last 4 meetings and the Braves are 6-2 in Teherans last 8 starts vs. Phillies.

Teheran is dealing with thigh issues and hasn't been himself this season, especially at home where he has an ERA of nearly seven. However, he is the better pitcher in this matchup overall and it's only a matter of time before he gets things back on track, as he's still one of the better pitchers in the NL when on. Neither of these teams are playing good baseball overall obviously, but you have to like having Teheran on the hill at home even with his struggles.

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