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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/28/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Atlanta Braves (14-11) at Philadelphia Phillies (16-9)
Date & Time Saturday April 28, 2018, 6:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -126 / Atlanta Braves +116 --- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
FSSO, NSPA
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MLB | Atlanta Braves (14-11) at Philadelphia Phillies (16-9)
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The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies meet Saturday in MLB action at Citizens Bank Park.

The Atlanta Braves look for a spark of consistency here after splitting their last 10 games. The Braves have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Atlanta Braves have lost five of their last eight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Ozzie Albies leads the Braves with 31 hits and 16 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis have combined for 61 hits and 33 RBI. Mike Foltynewicz gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 33 strikeouts this season. Foltynewicz is 3-2 with a 4.02 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Phillies.

The Philadelphia Phillies look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Phillies have scored 14 runs in their last three games and for or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Philadelphia Phillies have won 13 of their last 16 games when scoring at least two runs. Odubel Herrera leads the Phillies with 31 hits and 13 RBI while Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins have combined for 54 hits and 29 RBI. Nick Pivetta gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA and 28 strikeouts this season. Pivetta is 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 5-16 in their last 21 during game 2 of a series, 0-7 in Foltynewiczs last 7 road starts and 1-11 in Foltynewiczs last 12 starts. The Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 during game 2 of a series, 7-0 in Pivettas last 7 home starts and 11-1 in Pivettas last 12 starts. The Braves are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Philadelphia, 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and 1-4 in Foltynewiczs last 5 starts vs. Phillies.

Foltynewicz has been solid this season, allowing no more than two earned runs in all five of his starts and allowing just a .221 batting average. The problem is Foltynewicz gets very little run support and the Braves don't win many games when he pitches, as they've lost 11 of his last 12 starts. Pivetta has allowed two or less earned runs in each of his last four starts, and he's allowing a .206 batting average in 19 innings at home. The Philadelphia Phillies are also putting together some nice wins as of late and are a club playing with confidence at the moment. Give me the home team and the cheap price.

Pick:
Philadelphia Phillies -126

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