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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies - 7/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Date & Time Tuesday July 2, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)
Location
SunTrust Park
Atlanta, GA
The Line
Atlanta Braves / Philadelphia Phillies -- O/U:
TV Channel
FS-Southeast
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The Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves meet in game one of a three game NL East division set in MLB action from SunTrust Park on Tuesday night.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to keep their momentum going after winning their series finale against the Miami Marlins by a final score of 13-6 on Sunday, avoiding the sweep in the process. Bryce Harper led the way, going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs while Brad Miller had a homer and two RBIs. Jake Arrieta added two RBIs to help his own cause while Maikel Franco and Rhys Hoskins each chipped in runs on the board as well for the Phils. Jean Segura and Scott Kingery each had a double with Segura going 3 for 4 at the dish. Cesar Hernandez added three hits of his own while J.T. Realmuto chipped in two hits to cap off Philly’s offense as a team in the win. Arrieta got the win to improve to 8-6 on the year after giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out six over six innings of work. Nick Pivetta will start the opener and is 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, Pivetta is 4-1 with a 3.48 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of the Mets with an 8-5 loss in the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball. Freddie Freeman had a double and two RBIs while Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3 for 5 with a solo home run. Josh Donaldson had a double and an RBI of his own while Johan Camargo had an RBI to round out Atlanta’s scoring as a team in the loss. Dansby Swanson went 3 for 5 with a double of his own to cap off the Braves’ offense as a team in the defeat. Max Fried allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out six over five innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Sean Newcomb took the loss, falling to 2-1 on the year in relief. Dallas Keuchel will start game one and is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Keuchel is 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA and 5 strikeouts against Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is 1-6 in their last 7 road games and 5-2 in their last 7 division games while the over is 5-2-1 in their last 8 games overall. Atlanta is 20-8 in their last 28 games overall and 10-2 in their last 12 home games while the over is 6-2-2 in their last 10 series opening matchups. Philadelphia is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 1-7 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams in Atlanta.

Pivetta has some solid numbers against Atlanta in his career, but he’s allowed 14 runs in his last three starts spanning 17.2 innings of work, including four runs to these same Braves just a couple of weeks ago. Pivetta has also given up four runs in each of his two starts against Atlanta so far this season, totalling eight runs in 11.1 innings this season. Keuchel looked to have shaken off some rust in getting the win in his last start, and you have to imagine he will be amped for his first home start for his new club. It also doesn’t hurt that Atlanta has been one of the hottest teams in the majors over the last month or so, so I’ll side with the Braves to draw first blood on Tuesday with a win here.

Pick:
Atlanta Braves

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