Phillies' Streak to Reach Seven with Road Victory vs. Braves

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Dana Lane

Monday, April 16, 2018 4:25 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 16, 2018 4:25 PM UTC

Philadelphia's pitching has been superb during its winning streak, but tonight it's their offense that needs to come through. The Phillies are 3-9 against Atlanta starter Julio Teheran.

Monday MLB: Phillies vs. BravesFree MLB Pick: PhilliesBest Line Offered: Betmania

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After a rough start (1-4) and a week of finger pointing at manager Gabe Kapler, the Philadelphia Phillies are 8-1 in their last nine games. They've won their last six and are in second place in the NL East. The Phillies scored 19 runs in their last two games against Tampa Bay but now must win against a team and pitcher they’ve struggled against. Aaron Nola (1-0, 1.96 ERA) gets the ball for the Phillies tonight, while Julio Teheran (0-1. 7.07 ERA) starts for Atlanta. The Braves have won six of the last eight games in the series.

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Before cushioning our lead with a homer in the 8th, @AAltherr made an impact on the game in the 6th with his glove. pic.twitter.com/Mr8VzZEnfB

— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) April 15, 2018
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On the MLB odds board we see Nola getting proper respect, with Philly opening as a -128 road favorite. However, perhaps bettors don’t realize how good the ace is yet as we see enough Braves money coming in the push the number down a tick to -127 at BetPhoenix. The number is right where it should be, so expect equal action. I don’t think it will matter much from a value perspective in your MLB picks because further movement should be minimal.

I don’t have much of an opinion on the total and it seems the general public feels the same after the number opened at 8, -115 (over). We see the "under" get some action with the number -110, each way, at Betmania.

The Philadelphia offense came alive in the last two games, against Tampa Bay, with their 1-6 hitters going 17-for-52 (.372 BA). However, it’s the Phillies' pitching that has lifted them to their current streak. Vince Velasquez was sensational in the opener of the Rays series (6.2IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB, 7K), which followed up the effort by Nick Pivetta against Cincinnati (7IP, 5H, 2ER, 0BB, 7K). Now it’s time for Nola to do his part.

The Braves have played more meaningful games early on than anyone in the league, but they are the first team that has forced me to put a note in my season-long category because I can’t rely on this team to score. They went into their weekend series against the Cubs hitting just .162 (28-173) in their last five games. It’s tough to erase those numbers, even after a decent weekend in Chicago, where weather played a factor.

Atlanta hasn’t played at home since April 4, which would give me reason for pause if I was a Braves bettor. Atlanta has a small trend developing, losing four of their last five games coming home off a road trip of seven or more games.

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