Atlanta Braves vs Philadelphia Phillies Free Diamond Pick, 7–29–2017
Free MLB Pick and Prediction by Vincent King of King Sports Picks
Atlanta Braves (48–53) at Philadelphia Phillies (36–64)
MLB: Saturday, July 29, 7:05 PM EST
Line: Braves -105 | Phillies -115 | O/U 9
The Philadelphia Phillies host NL East rival, the Atlanta Braves tonight for Game 2 of their four game series. The Phillies took Game 1, 10–3 behind the pitching of Jake Thompson (1–0) and the Phillies offense.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves Sean Newcomb (`1–5, 4.81 ERA) vs. Phillies Jerad Eickhoff (2–7, 4.71 ERA)
Atlanta is still a long shot in the NL Wildcard standings as they enter this matchup 9.0 games back, tied with Miami. The Nationals have run away with the NL East and are 13.5 games up on the Braves and 25.0 games up on the Phillies. The Braves send rookie Sean Newcomb to the mound tonight and he hopes to snap a four game losing streak. Newcomb is 0–2 with a 7.04 ERA, a 1.76 WHIP, 12 walks and 21 strikeouts over 15.1 innings in his last three starts.
The Phillies are looking towards the 2018 season and are currently evaluating their young talent for the future. They got a bonus performance out of Jack Thompson on Friday night who threw a 5 hit shutout through 5 innings. The Phillies offense took care of the rest and scored 10 runs en route to the win.
Jerad Eickhoff picked up the win in his last start, which came Sunday at home against the Brewers. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts in a 6–3 Phillies triumph. Eickhoff is 2–0 with a 3.71 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP, seven walks and 22 strikeouts over 17 innings in his last three starts.
The Braves are a better team at this point in the season but they are 0–4 in Newcomb’s last 4 starts and 1–4 in their last 5 road games. The Phillies are 6–2 the last 8 meetings. The Phillies are swinging the bats well and have scored 19 runs the last two games. Nick Williams has provided a burst of energy into this lineup and Aaron Altherr is back from injury and went 2–3 with 2 home runs in last night’s ball game. I like the Phillies playing spoiler as they pick up the win in Saturday’s matchup.