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Philadelphia PhilliesAtlanta Braves
July 28, 7:10 PM | GrassTurner Field

Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Odds

45-55TEAM RECORD55-44

The Atlanta Braves will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Philadelphia Phillies invade Turner Field on Saturday.

Joe Blanton, with a record of 8-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Phillies, while the Braves trot Mike Minor to the mound in this one. He is 5-7 so far in 2012.

View Philadelphia vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Braves as -130 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Braves at No. 6 in the National League and the Phillies at No. 7 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Atlanta's No. 3 ranked National League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Phillies defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 in the National League at 4.6 runs allowed per game. The Braves have been averaging 8.6 hits per game, less than the Phillies have managed so far this season (9 hits on average).

Atlanta owns the National League's No. 9 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Philadelphia's National League No. 12-rated defense.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 6-1 result against the Braves on July 27. Bettors who backed the Braves at +102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Philadelphia looks to rebound from a loss to the Braves, who beat them 6-1 on Friday behind a start from Ben Sheets at Turner Field.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

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

Next up:
Philadelphia at Atlanta, Sunday, July 29

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