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Baseball Picks: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies: September 21st 2012

September 21st, 2012
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Baseball Picks: September 21st 2012
Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Pick: Over 8
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This is an important series in Philadelphia as the Phillies host the Braves. Kyle Kendrick faces Atlanta for the third time this season. He was shelled back in August giving up 6 runs and seven hits in just over three innings. Overall, Kendrick is 7-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 22 starts for the Phillies. He lost to the Astros his last time out after giving up 4 runs and seven hits in five innings. Atlanta is hitting .253 against right-handed starters and they are putting up 5 runs per game in division contests. The Phillies’ bullpen is 14-11 with a 3.59 ERA at home converting only 18 of 27 save chances there.

Tommy Hanson is 12-8 with a 4.33 ERA in 28 starts this season. He has allowed 8 runs and 14 hits in his last three starts as he continues to try and regain his consistency that he had before the back injury. Hanson has had two rough outings against Philadelphia this season; he has allowed 7 seven runs and 14 hits in those games combined. The Phillies offense woke up in New York and they are hitting .258 at home. They are a healthy unit and they still have an outside chance at a Wild Card. These two pitchers should give up some runs, so we expect a high-scoring game between the Braves and Phillies on Friday night.