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MLB Odds: Braves vs. Phillies

Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Phillies tonight, as Philadelphia closes out a three-game series at home versus National League East rivals the Atlanta Braves.

Hamels (4-1, 2.66) pitched a complete game against Washington in his last start, allowing one run on five hits while striking out six. The Braves are expected to counter with starter Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52) tonight. Jurrjens picked up a win over Milwaukee last time out after allowing two runs on seven hits in 7 2-3 innings.

View Atlanta vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Philadelphia sat as -150 favorites. The total was set at 7.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 1-ranked Phillies and the National League No. 2-rated Braves in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Philadelphia owns the No. 5 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.8 per game. By contrast, the Braves are rated No. 11 in the same category at 8.1 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Braves own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

Atlanta was a 3-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Phillies. They lost as -113 favorites, while the total score of 3 made winners of UNDER bettors. Kyle Kendrick shut down the Braves in their last game, striking out 3 in a 3-0 shutout over Atlanta in baseball action at Citizens Bank Park.

Atlanta Braves Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Braves at Phillies trends to consider:
Atlanta is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Atlanta is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Atlanta's last 14 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing at home against Atlanta

Next up:
Atlanta home to Washington, Tuesday, May 10
Philadelphia at Florida, Monday, May 9