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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Game 1 - 8/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (57-72) at Philadelphia Phillies (49-81)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

R Dickey (8-8) (4.06) vs. Jerad Eickhoff

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -116 / Atlanta Braves +106 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSPh, FSSE

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

The Atlanta Braves could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Braves have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Atlanta Braves have lost seven straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Ender Inciarte leads the Braves with 164 hits and 45 RBI while Brandon Phillips and Nick Markakis have combined for 270 hits and 116 RBI. R.A. Dickey gets the ball, and he is 8-8 with a 4.06 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season. Dickey is 6-5 with a 2.76 ERA and 83 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies. 

Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Game 1 - 8/30/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Philadelphia Phillies look for another victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Phillies have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won six of their last nine games when scoring more than two runs. Freddy Galvis leads the Phillies with 127 hits and 56 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez have combined for 240 hits and 72 RBI. Jerad Eickhoff gets the ball, and he is 4-7 with a 4.36 ERA and 117 strikeouts this season. Eickhoff is 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-12 in their last 16 road games, 7-2 in Dickeys last 9 starts during game 2 of a series and 2-5 in Dickeys last 7 starts. The Phillies are 15-37 in their last 52 during game 2 of a series, 7-20 in their last 27 Tuesday games and 2-9 in their last 11 vs. a team with a losing record. The Braves are 0-6 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Dickey has been hit hard recently, allowing eight earned runs in his last 12 innings and that's not good with the way the Phillies have been hitting the ball the last two weeks. Eickhoff has allowed three or less earned runs in six of his last seven games and the Phillies have won six of the last nine games in which he's pitched. I have to back the Phillies in this spot at home with the cheap price.

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