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Phillies vs Braves Baseball Game Preview

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves
72-88 September 28, 2013, 07:10 PM | Turner Field 95-65

Philadelphia pays a visit to Atlanta on Saturday, hoping to shut down the Braves bats in baseball action at Turner Field.

It's a pitching duel between Mike Minor for the Braves (13-8 on the year) and Ethan Martin for Philadelphia (2-5 so far).

View Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Odds and Stats.

The Phillies were listed as -10000 on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including 5Dimes. The total was set at 8 before betting started earlier on Saturday over at Bovada.

The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Braves rated this week at No. 15 and the Phillies sitting at No. 22.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Braves on September 27. Bettors who backed the Braves at -130 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Philadelphia got a 13-strikeout performance from Cliff Lee but couldn't turn it into a win, suffering a 1-0 loss at the hands of Atlanta on Friday at Turner Field.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Atlanta has baseball's No. 14-rated offensive output, at 8.28 hits per game. The Phillies average 8.32 hits per game, good for No. 21 on the list.

Defensively, Philadelphia features the No. 25-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.59 runs per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 at home, scoring 4.41 runs per game.

A few Phillies at Braves trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Atlanta is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Atlanta's last 7 games

Next up:
Philadelphia at Atlanta, Sunday, September 29th