MLB Picks: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves

Jeff GrantContributor IJune 16, 2014

MLB Picks: Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves

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    The Atlanta Braves have won seven of Julio Teheran's last eight home starts, which is important to consider when making your MLB picks Monday, as they prepare to take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Turner Field.

    Sports bettors will find that the Braves are minus-135 favorites in the pro baseball odds, while the betting total stands at 6.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this National League East matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum 

Philadelphia Phillies

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    The Philadelphia Phillies won four of six games on their recently completed homestand, but they suffered a 3-0 setback to the Chicago Cubs as minus-124 favorites Sunday.

    Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels has compiled a 14-8 record and 3.54 ERA in 31 career appearances vs. the Atlanta Braves.

Atlanta Braves

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    The Atlanta Braves have alternated wins and losses over their last four games as they come off a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels as minus-118 home favorites Sunday, going OVER the betting total for the third time in that span.

    MLB handicappers will find that the Braves are 25-12 when they hit a home run this season but 10-20 when they fail to do so, per Daniel Popper of MLB.com.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Braves as one of their MLB picks, as they've produced a 39-23 record as home favorites of minus-125 to minus-150 dating back to the 2012 campaign.

    Pick: Atlanta Braves -135

     

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