May 15, 2008

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Preview 5/15/08

MLB Betting Preview
Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
Thursday, 7:05 pm Eastern

SBG Global Opening Line: Phillies – 168, Total 9 Over -120

The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies will complete their three-game series on Thursday with Chuck James facing Cole Hamels. The Phillies took the first game of the series and the Braves bats came alive in the second game on Wednesday. SBG Global reports that early MLB betting has the public taking Phillies at Home.

James pitched six innings in his last start, Saturday against the Pirates, and allowed five runs on five hits. He did strike out seven batters but walked four. It was his fourth start this season for the Braves. He is 2-2 on the season with an ERA of 7.58.

The Phillies will send out Cole Hamels on Thursday. He is 4-3 on the season with an ERA of 3.36 but has not pitched as well lately going 2-2 in this last five starts with an ERA of 4.98. He is 3-2 in his career against the Braves with a 4.42 ERA. What could definitely help Philadelphia is getting star first baseman Ryan Howard on track. He is in a major slump and is hitting below .200 for the season. “All players go through it,” Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel said. “Go back and look. Sometimes players go a long time before they hit a home run. They’ll go 30, 40 at-bats before they get a hit. Sometimes, you know what you’re doing wrong and you can’t stop it. That’s the game. That’s the nature of the game. … Howard’s going to hit.”

SBG Global Current Line: Phillies – 168, Total 9 Flat

Here are the MLB betting stats for Thursday’s game. The Braves are 8-19 in their last 27 road games. The Braves are 2-4 in their last 6 games on grass. The Braves are 1-6 in their last 7 games as a road underdog. The Braves are 1-5 in their last 6 vs. the National League East. The Braves are 5-9 in the last 14 meetings between the two teams. The Braves are 2-4 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia.

The Phillies are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite. The Phillies are 8-3 in their last 11 Thursday games.

The Under is 7-1 in the Braves last 7 games as a road underdog. The Under is 5-2 in the Braves last 6 vs. the National League East. The Under is 20-7-1 in the Braves last 28 road games.

The Under is 4-2 in the Phillies last 6 vs. the National League East. The Over is 8-3 in the Phillies last 11 Thursday games.

Pick: Take the Phillies, James has not pitched well this year and the Philly Offense has been clicking by Chase Utley

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