Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves 9/3/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 9/2/2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Turner Field in Atlanta
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Wednesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Phillies will take the field behind David Buchanan (6 - 7, 4.03 ERA) as they square off against the Atlanta Braves and Ervin Santana (13 - 7, 3.53 ERA). Buchanan will make his 16th start as Santana makes his 27th.
David Buchanan pitched to his 2nd straight no-decision in his last outing. In that start, Buchanan allowed just a run on 4 hits in 6 innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out 3. It was the second straight start where Buchanan wasn't rewarded for a solid performance. Even though he hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in any of his last 10 starts, Buchanan is just 4 - 4 in those 10 outings. Before getting the call to Philadelphia, Buchanan was 5 - 1 with a 3.98 ERA in 9 starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Buchanan faced the Braves earlier this season but came away with the loss after allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 5 innings of work.
Ervin Santana had a great start his last time out but still didn't record the decision. In 6 innings of work, Santana surrendered just a run on 5 hits while walking 4 and striking out 7. Santana has allowed 2 runs in his last 2 starts yet he is 0 - 1 in those starts due to his offense. But he is 6 -2 in his last 10 outings. Last season, Santana went 9 - 10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts for the Kansas City Royals.
Santana didn't face the Phillies in 2013 but he has seen them 4 times already this season. He is 2 - 1 in those 4 starts.
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
Tony's Pick: Take Philadelphia
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