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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 6/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Sunday June 16, 2019, 1:20 PM (EDT)
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta Braves / Philadelphia Phillies -- O/U:
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves meet in the rubber match of their three game NL East division set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to win the set after taking game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-5. Cesar Hernandez had a home run and three RBIs while Scott Kingery went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs. J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins each had a double while Sean Rodriguez added a base hit as well in the losing effort. Aaron Nola gave up five runs on six hits while striking out four over 4.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Edubray Ramos got the win to improve to 1-0 while Hector Neris logged his 15th save of the year. Cole Irvin will start the finale and is 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Irvin’s first career start against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to rebound and win the series after having their eight game winning streak snapped on Saturday. Josh Donaldson led the charge by going 3 for 4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs while Austin Riley added a solo home run and Freddie Freeman had an RBI to round out Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the loss. Dansby Swanson had a double, while Tyler Flowers went 2 for 4 and Ronald Acuna Jr. added a base hit of his own to cap off Atlanta’s offense as a team in the defeat. Sean Newcomb gave up two unearned runs on three hits over 2.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision, while Luke Jackson ended up with the loss to fall to 3-2 on the year with his 4th blown save of the season. Mike Foltynewicz will start the finale and is 1-5 with a 6.02 ERA and 42 strikeouts this season. In his career, Foltynewicz is 6-3 with a 3.28 ERA and 75 strikeouts against Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is 6-2 in their last 8 division games and 1-6 in their last 7 game three matchups while the under is 8-4-1 in their last 13 division games. Atlanta is 2-9 in Foltynewicz’s last 11 starts and 23-10 in their last 33 games overall while the over is 14-3-1 in their last 18 home games. Philadelphia is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 1-6 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.

No line has been released as of yet, but what we do know so far is that this has been an entertaining series with both teams rallying late for a victory in the first two games of the set. I’m torn on which side to back though, as Irvin hasn’t been great in a starting role and hasn’t pitched in two weeks while Foltynewicz has been up and down all season. Which is why I’m going to side with the over. I know a total hasn’t been announced yet, but Irvin has given up 11 runs, 10 earned, in 10.2 innings over his last two starts and like I mentioned, there’s sure to be some rust with the long layoff and coming back against a hot Braves lineup won’t help. On the other hand, Foltynewicz has allowed four runs or more in four of his last seven starts. I just think we see another entertaining and high-scoring affair on Sunday, so I’ll take the over when the total is released.


Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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