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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 9/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies (78-74) at Atlanta Braves (85-68)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:35 pm (SunTrust Park)

Nick Pivetta (7-13) (4.67) vs. J Teheran (9-8) (3.97)

The Line: Atlanta Braves -145 / Philadelphia Phillies +125 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSSO, NSPA

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

The Philadelphia Phillies look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Philadelphia Phillies have split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Cesar Hernandez leads the Phillies with 145 hits and 54 RBI while Odubel Herrera and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 264 hits and 160 RBI. Nick Pivetta gets the ball, and he is 7-13 with a 4.67 ERA and 181 strikeouts this season. Pivetta is 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 9/21/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Atlanta Braves also need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Braves have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. The Atlanta Braves have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring more than one run. Freddie Freeman leads the Braves with 184 hits and 92 RBI while Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies have combined for 343 hits and 161 RBI. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he is 9-8 with a 3.97 ERA and 152 strikeouts this season. Teheran is 9-6 with a 3.55 ERA and 110 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Phillies are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 1-4 in Pivettas last 5 starts with 4 days of rest and 1-6 in Pivettas last 7 starts. The Braves are 1-4 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Friday games and 4-1 in Teherans last 5 starts. The Phillies are 4-0 in Pivettas last 4 road starts vs. Braves, 6-1 in Pivettas last 7 starts vs. Braves and the Braves are 4-1 in Teherans last 5 home starts vs. Phillies.

Pivetta has been solid as of late, but he gets little run support from the Phillies and has been on the losing side in six of his last seven starts. Teheran has allowed just four runs in his last 17 innings and continues to be tough to hit, as he's giving up a .198 batting average on the season. The Braves can also all but lock up the division with a victory in this contest. I'll lay the reasonable price with the Braves at home.

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