Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves 9/2/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 9/1/2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Turner Field in Atlanta
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Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Phillies will send Kyle Kendrick (7 - 11, 4.97 ERA) to the hill as they take on the Atlanta Braves and Mike Minor (6 - 8, 4.70 ERA). It will be the 28th start for Kendrick and the 22nd for Minor.
Kyle Kendrick got his 2nd straight victory in his last start. In the win, Kendrick allowed 4 runs and 7 hits (including a homer) in 6 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 4. It was the 3rd straight outing that Kendrick allowed 4 runs in and yet he is 2 - 0 in those 3 games. Kendrick has allowed 4 or more runs in 8 of his last 10 starts while going 4 - 3 in those appearances. Last season, he started 30 games en route to a 10 - 13 record and a 4.70 ERA.
In 2013, Kendrick was 0 - 1 with a 6.55 ERA in 2 starts against the Braves. This season, Kendrick is 1 - 2 in 3 starts against Atlanta.
Mike Minor had another strong performance in his last start and he was rewarded with the victory. Minor surrendered just a run on 4 hits in 7 innings. He struck out 5 without walking a single batter. It was the 2nd straight 1 run start for Minor and it could be a signal that Minor is going to finish the year on a high note. He is still just 4 - 3 in his last 10 starts but his numbers have improved in the last few outings. Last season, Minor posted a record of 13 - 9 with a 3.21 ERA in 32 starts.
In 2013, Minor went 0 - 2 with a 2.77 ERA in his 2 starts against Philadelphia. This will be Minor's first start of the season against the Phillies. Philadelphia is batting .244 with 32 hits, 5 homer and 18 RBIs in 131 at-bats against Minor.
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 70-55-11 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.5
Atlanta Braves Betting Trends
Atlanta Braves are 54-71-12 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Atlanta Braves is 0.2
Injuries to Watch
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), out for season
07/22/14 RF John Mayberry Wrist 15-day DL (7/21)
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
06/07/14 P Mike Adams Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
07/29/14 P Shae Simmons Shoulder 15-day DL (7/29)
06/20/14 P Gavin Floyd Elbow 60-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); out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Atlanta
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