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Hamels Starts Earning New Contract

Cole Hamels starts earning that monster new contract today and it's an important day for the Philadelphia Phillies as they take on the Braves in Atlanta.

The Phils were preseason favorites to win the NL East and World Series but have struggled. A sweep of the Braves at Turner Field, starting on Friday, is a must.

Atlanta sends resurgent Ben Sheets out against Cole Hamels for the Phillies in this game. Sheets is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the season, while Hamels is 11-4 on the year and has a 3.23 ERA.

View Philadelphia vs Atlanta Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Braves in this one will find them as -120 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 7.5 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 7-rated Phillies taking on the National League's No. 6-rated Braves in this contest.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Atlanta owns the No. 8 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.7 per game. By contrast, the Phillies are rated No. 3 in the same category at 9 per game.

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.

The Phillies were a 7-6 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got Philadelphia at -137 on the moneyline, while the total score (13) was good news for OVER bettors. The Phillies beat Milwaukee in extra innings, earning a 7-6 victory at Citizens Bank Park in MLB wagering action.

Atlanta was a 7-1 winner in its last match on the road against the Marlins. They won as -119 favorites, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors. Atlanta looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Marlins, a 7-1 final on Wednesday in support of Tommy Hanson at Marlins Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After playing Miami are 9-1
After a win are 8-2


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

Next up:
Philadelphia at Atlanta, Saturday, July 28