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MLB Betting Preview: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

by Thomas Jensen on Friday, August 10th, 2007

MLB Betting Preview: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia PhilliesThe Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies open up a big series on Friday as both are in pursuit of the New York Mets in the National League East. The Braves send Chuck James to the mound while Philadelphia counters with Cole Hamels. SBG Global reports that early betting has the public taking the Phillies at home.

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
Friday, 7:35 pm Eastern – TBS

SBG Global Opening Line: Phillies -143, Total 9 Over (-125)

James comes into the game at 9-8 with an ERA of 3.84 while Hamels is 12-5 with an ERA of 3.57. James got a no-decision against Colorado in his last start, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings. James has pitched well in his past seven starts going 3-1 with an ERA under 3.00. Hamels didn’t pitch his best in his last outing against Milwaukee but still left with the lead but the bullpen couldn’t hold it. Hamels is 2-0 in three starts against Atlanta this season. Here were the betting statistics heading into Thursday’s action. The Braves are 6-2 in their last 8 vs. the National League East. The Braves are 2-5 in their last 7 road games. The Braves are 2-5 in their last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter. The Braves are 4-0 in James' last 4 starts as a road underdog. The Braves are 5-2 in James' last 7 starts. The Braves are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Philadelphia.

SBG Global Current Line: Phillies -145, Total 9 Over (-115)

The Phillies are 5-0 in their last 5 home games. The Phillies are 6-1 in their last 7 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Phillies are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the National League East. The Phillies are 8-2 in their last 10 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Phillies are 13-5 in their last 18 overall. The Phillies are 35-17 in their last 52 games as a home favorite. The Phillies are 2-9 in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning record. The Phillies are 6-1 in Hamels' last 7 home starts. The Phillies are 13-5 in Hamels' last 18 starts.
 
The Over is 6-1 in the Braves last 7 games as an underdog. The Over is 5-1 in the Braves last 6 vs. the National League East. The Over is 5-1 in the Braves last 6 Friday games. The Over is 10-2 in the Braves last 12 vs. a team with a winning record. The Over is 27-9 in the Braves last 36 overall. The Over is 10-4 in the Braves last 14 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 13-6 in the Braves last 19 road games. The Under is 6-1 in James' last 7 road starts. The Under is 4-1-1 in James' last 6 starts vs. National League East.
 
The Over is 4-1 in the Phillies last 5 home games vs. a left-handed starter. The Over is 10-4 in the Phillies last 14 games as a favorite. The Over is 16-7 in the Phillies last 23 home games. The Over is 4-1-1 in Hamels' last 6 starts vs. the National League East. The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.

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