Tim Hudson vs Cliff Lee matchup featured in MLB action
Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds
The visiting Braves hope for a solid performance on Friday as they look to steal a win at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Philadelphia hands the ball to starter Cliff Lee in this one and he'll try to improve on his 9-2 mark on the year. Atlanta counters with Tim Hudson, who will try to quiet the fans and the Phillies bats at the same time.
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Phillies as -138 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 7 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 8-rated Braves taking on the National League's No. 12-rated Phillies in this contest.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 12-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Braves offense rated No. 4 and scoring 4.3 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Braves hitters have managed (8.3 per nine innings).
Comparing defensive stats, Atlanta owns the National League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.
The Braves were a 4-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Marlins. That made winners of bettors who got Miami at +230 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Braves were saddled with a loss last time out in Julio Teheran's start, as they lost 4-3 against Miami on Thursday at Turner Field.
Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 6-4 winner as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at +123 were rewarded, while the 10 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Philadelphia got the job done in their last match in a 6-4 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday at PNC Park behind starter Cole Hamels.
Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a win are 3-7
A few Braves at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
Atlanta is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Atlanta is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 12 games
Philadelphia is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 10 games at home
Philadelphia is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Atlanta
Atlanta at Philadelphia, Saturday, July 6