2015 Season MLB Baseball Past Picks
September 20, 2015
This pick was released to clients on September 20, 2015 at 11:53AM ET.
Philadelphia at Atlanta
Sunday 09/20 01:35 PM Eastern
1 unit on Atlanta -138 (moneyline) (risk 1 to return 1.72) RESULT: WIN
Third straight road game for the Philadelphia Phillies on a nine-game trip, ending a long, lost season. They've already packed it in, losing five in a row. Philadelphia's offense is struggling without several injured starters, including Ryan Howard, Cesar Hernandez, and Maikel Franco. The Phillies scored four runs total in their past four games and two runs or fewer nine times in the past 14 contests. The Phillies are on a 26-59 run on the road, plus 3-13 against the NL East. Philadelphia is 27th in baseball in runs scored and 29th in on-base percentage. Rookie starter Aaron Nola got off to a hot start, but has cooled off with the team 1-2 his last three starts. He allowed nine hits and sixruns in five innings his last, a loss at home to Washington. His last three starts: 24 hits in 16 innings and 12 runs. Atlanta is home, and the Braves are 4-1 against a team with a winning percentage below .400. Braves starter Julio Teheran (10-7) has been outstanding at home, going 7-2 with a 3.23 ERA and a .213 opponents batting average in 15 starts. Teheran is on a 4-1 run in nine starts, including a pair of victories over the Phillies. Philadelphia is 1-5 against Atlanta, including 1-6 in this park, so grab home field. Play Atlanta.