September 26, 2016

MLB Baseball Betting: Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

MLB Baseball Betting:  Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves&h=253&w=372&zc=1

The Atlanta Braves deserve a ton of credit. They’re all but certainly going to finish in last place in the NL East which has essentially been ‘pre-ordained’ all season. The Braves finished the first half of the season with the worst record in baseball at 31-59. They could have started to ‘play out the string’ in mid July but they’ve been scrapping ever since and could actually finish with a winning record in the second half of the season. They’ll take a 32-33 second half record into this game against a Philadelphia team that has struggled in the second half (28-37 since the All Star Break).

Philadelphia will start right hander Jerad Eickhoff who has been fairly decent for much of the year. He’s got a 3.75 ERA and a 1.190 WHIP overall, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.244 WHIP on the road and a 2.75 ERA and a 0.966 WHIP in his last three start. Philadelphia has gone 15-16 in his starts overall, 6-9 on the road and 1-2 in his last three starts. He’s suffered the same problem as the rest of the Phillies pitching staff–he’s not getting run support. Philadelphia has a .237 team batting average and a 3.8 runs per game average.

The Braves will go with veteran Julio Teheran who has pitched well on a horrible team that has frequently ‘hung him out to dry’. For the year, Teheran has a 3.10 ERA and a 1.028 WHIP and a home ERA of a 3.45 with a 1.128 WHIP. He’s also got a 3.93 ERA and a 1.037 WHIP in his last three starts. Unfortunately, his record really doesn’t equate to his performance. Atlanta is 8-20 when he starts including a brutal 2-14 record at home. They’re also 1-2 in his last three starts.

The important element of this game is that the Braves–for whatever reason–are still playing hard and trying to win games. Whether it’s trying to get above .500 for the second half or just trying to demonstrate that they’re not as bad as they looked in the early part of the season they’re still competing. Atlanta has won 7 of 8 and we’d much rather back the hard trying Braves who we know will bring the effort instead of the erratic and inconsistent Phillies.