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Phillies at Braves 4/16/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Posted on 15 April 2018 by Mike
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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves

MLB: 7:35 PM EST

Apr. 16, 2018

Latest Odds : PHI -128 Total 8

The Phillies and the Braves are going to be facing off in this battle here for second place in the NL East. However, the Phillies are a team that has really started to pick up some good wins here recently and is being seen as an upstart team here. However, the Phillies are going to have a huge challenge on their hand in this game against the Braves who have been playing just as well as the Phillies and in some cases even better.

The Phillies on the year have been able to bring home a total of 69 runs, which is ranked 11th in the majors. The Phillies hitting needs to improve on the average as the Phillies are ranked 19th hitting at a clip of .231. The Phillies do have a decent team ERA that is sitting at the 3.49 mark and ranked 12th in the majors. Pitching the Phillies are only allowing the opponent to hit at a clip of .234 on the season.

The Braves are coming into this game with an offense that is able to really light up the score board quite a bit as the Braves are ranked 3rd in runs scored with 82 runs crossing the plate this year. The Braves are even hitting really well at a clip of .270 which is ranked 4th in the majors. The Braves pitching staff is not at the same level as the Nasty Boys of the 90s, but the team has an ERA of 3.43 and that is ranked 11th in the majors and the opponents are barely getting a hit as the Braves allow only .227 on the opponents hitting.

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Heading to the mound in this game for the Phillies is Nick Pivetta. Pivetta on the season has been able to start in a total of 3 games on the year and worked through a total of 16.2 innings on the year. He has managed to strike out 19 batters and posted a 1-0 record. Pivetta has been able to post a 2.70 ERA.

The Braves are planning on sending out Brandon McCarthy to the mount. McCarthy on the year has started in a total of 3 games with a total of 16.1 innings under his belt. McCarthy has been able to strike out 12 batters and is 2-0 on the season and has managed to get a 3.31 ERA.

Recent Betting Trends:

Phillies are 5-1 in their last 6 games on grass.

Braves are 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.

Under is 3-1-1 in Nolas last 5 starts vs. National League East.

Over is 3-0-3 in Braves last 6 home games vs. a right-handed starter.

Free Betting Pick: Atlanta Braves +118

The Braves are the underdog in this game, but that could be a mistake. The pitching staff as a whole for the Braves is significantly better than the Phillies and the Braves know how to handle the bat really well compared to the lack of offense of the Phillies. The Phillies offense will hang in on this game, but the Braves will out last in this game that goes over the total. Final Score Prediction, Atlanta Braves win 7-4.

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