Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves 7/18/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/17/2014
Friday, July 18, 7:35 PM on CSPh, FSSO
Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
Philadelphia Phillies - Burnett, A (6-8) vs. Atlanta Braves - Santana, E (7-6)
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On Friday night, veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett will make his first start of the second half when he and the Philadelphia Phillies go up against Ervin Santana Atlanta Braves.
Last week, A.J. Burnett had a good outing against the Washington Nationals and was able to pick up his sixth win of the season. He lasted 7.2 innings in that game and gave up just two earned runs on five hits while walking four batters and striking out six. Burnett now has a 6-8 record with a 3.83 ERA, but he is striking out far fewer batters than he did last year.
Braves outfielder Jason Heyward has four hits off of Burnett in 11 at-bats with a home run and two RBI. Veteran second baseman Dan Uggla is just 2-for-13 against him with a home run and six strikeouts.
In his last start, 31-year-old Ervin Santana gave up four runs to the New York Mets in seven innings of work and ended up taking his sixth loss of the season. He allowed six hits in that outing and struck out four batters while walking two. Santana has only given up nine home runs in 110 innings this year, but he is walking more batters and his strikeout rate is down from last season.
Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd has not been able to figure Santana out over the years, going just 6-for-34 against him with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 48-40-7 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.5
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 38-53-4 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.1
Injuries to Watch
06/27/14 C Carlos Ruiz Concussion 7-day DL (6/25)
06/25/14 C Wil Nieves Quad 15-day DL (6/19)
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
06/17/14 P Jonathan Pettibone Shoulder out indefinitely
06/07/14 P Mike Adams Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
05/20/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 60-day DL (5/20)
05/13/14 2B Freddy Galvis Collarbone out 6-8 weeks
07/01/14 C Evan Gattis Back 15-day DL (6/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 15-day DL (6/20), out for season
06/20/14 P Pedro Beato Elbow 15-day DL (6/19)
03/29/14 P Brandon Beachy Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/29/14 P Cory Gearrin Elbow 60-day DL (3/26)
03/28/14 P Kris Medlen Elbow 60-day DL (3/21), out for season
03/28/14 P Jonny Venters Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
Josh's Pick: Take Atlanta
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