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Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies Betting Preview

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves
72-86 September 26, 2013, 07:10 PM | Turner Field 93-65

The Braves get a visit from the Philadelphia Phillies in baseball action on Thursday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

For the Braves, David Hale gets the ball, charged with keeping the Phillies hitters off the base paths. He'll face Tyler Cloyd, 2-6 on the year.

View Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Odds and Stats.

On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Atlanta sat as -177 Favorite earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 8, according to 5Dimes.

The Braves - Phillies odds would favor the Braves if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Atlanta is rated No. 15 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Philadelphia is at No. 22.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Marlins on September 25. Bettors who backed the Marlins at +147 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Philadelphia looks to rebound from a loss to the Marlins, who beat them 3-2 on Wednesday behind a start from Brad Hand at Marlins Park.

In their last action, Atlanta was a 4-0 loser at home against the Brewers. Bettors on Milwaukee at +115 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Braves were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Milwaukee staff and losing 4-0 to the Brewers on Wednesday at Turner Field.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Atlanta and its No. 14-rated batting order, averaging 4.2 runs per nine innings, against the No. 26 lineup of the Phillies at 3.79 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Philadelphia owns the No. 25-rated road mark, allowing 4.61 runs per game on the highway. Atlanta, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

A few Phillies at Braves trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Philadelphia is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games
Atlanta is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games at home
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Atlanta, Friday, September 27th