Atlanta Braves (11-6) at Philadelphia Phillies (4-6)
MLB Baseball: Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Sean Newcomb (0-1) (6.57) vs. Aaron Nola (0-1) (3.97)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -136 / Atlanta Braves +126 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies meet Monday in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park.
This will be the final installment of a four-game set between these teams. After a postponement on Friday, the Phillies took a 5-0 victory in the Saturday opener. In the doubleheader on Sunday, Atlanta won both, 5-2 in the first game and 8-0 in the second. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning in game one Sunday. The Braves followed that up with six runs in the fifth and sixth innings in game two. In that one, Freddie Freeman slapped a two-run homer and a triple in a 3-for-4 game. Starter Max Fried got the win on 5.0 innings with four hits and zero earned.
For the Monday game, the Braves will send out Sean Newcomb in the starting role. Last season, Newcomb went 6-3 with a 3.16 ERA and 65 Ks in 68.1 innings of work. Through three starts this season Newcomb is 0-1 with a 6.57 ERA and nine Ks in 12.1 innings.
Over on the Phillies’ side, they had a tentative 1-0 lead going into the fifth inning in game one on Sunday, but saw that evaporate shortly thereafter. Game two was even more futile as Philadelphia came up with just four hits. Rhys Hoskins was a bright spot for the Phillies with a 2-for-2 line in that game and a double. He’s hitting .172 on the season now.
For the starting role on Monday, Philadelphia will go with Aaron Nola as the starter. In 2019, Nola went 12-7 with a 3.87 ERA and 229 Ks in 202.1 innings overall. Over his two 2020 starts, Nola is 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 11.1 innings.
The Braves are 2-6 in their last eight Monday games and 1-4 in their last five during game four of a series. The over is 3-0-1 in the Braves’ last four Monday games and 5-1-1 in their last seven during game four of a series.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 7-16 in their last 23 Monday games and 2-6 in their last eight games versus a starting pitcher with a WHIP greater than 1.30. The over is 8-1-3 in Philadelphia’s last 12 Monday games and the under is 21-7-5 in their last 33 during game four of a series.
Pick: Going Phillies. If Nola can come out and pitch like he did during his last outing, Philadelphia will be in a great position here (and hopefully not blow it this time). Nola struck out 12 Yankees batters—a career-high—in his last appearance and posted 19 swinging strikes. As for Newcomb, he’s looking better as the season progresses but still hasn’t hit the five-inning mark yet. I feel safer with the Phillies here.