MLB Preview: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies

by Dirty on July 5, 2010

Phillies and Braves Betting Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Monday when the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies meet at Citizens Bank Park.

The Braves will pin their hopes on the pitching of ace righthander Derek Lowe in this game. Lowe has a 9-6 record and a 4.53 ERA this season.

It’ll be ace Roy Halladay toeing the rubber for the Phillies in this contest. Righthander Halladay is 9-7 with a 2.42 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Phillies listed as 186-moneyline favorites versus the Braves, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.

The Braves lost 3-2 to the Marlins last time out, as -160 favorites. That game’s five runs went UNDER the posted over/under (7.5) set by sportsbooks.

Tim Hudson gave up six hits and three runs over his eight innings in the loss for the Braves.

The Phillies lost 8-5 to the Pirates last time out, as -135 favorites. That game’s 13 runs sailed OVER the posted over/under (8.5) set by sportsbooks.

Jose Contreras suffered the loss for the Phillies, giving up three runs in relief of starter Joe Blanton.

Team records:
Atlanta: 48-34 SU
Philadelphia: 42-38 SU

Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After playing Florida are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Atlanta’s last 10 games when playing Philadelphia
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 8 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Philadelphia’s last 10 games when playing Atlanta
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games at home

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Atlanta, Tuesday, July 6

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