Joe D'Amico's MLB 100%, 2-0 NL East Game of the Month
Atlanta vs. Philadelphia,
07/08/2012 13:35 EDT,
Score: 4 - 3
Money Line: +124 Atlanta
Philadelphia has hit rock bottom, dropping 9 of their L10, scoring 3 runs or less in six of the outings. They are last in the NL East at 37-49 and at best their offense is mediocre, while their once-feared pitching staff has an ERA of 4.25, ranking them 22nd in the League. Carlos Ruiz is the only everyday batter that is hitting over .300, while he a Hunter Pence are the only batters that reached DDs in HRs. Vance Worley gets the start here. The RH is 4-5 this season, including a 1-2, 5.82 mark in his L3 starts. He has lost 3 of his L4 outings with hitters banging him for a .264 average. He faces an Atlanta team that has won 3 in a row and knows they can lead the NL East in time. The Braves have been driving in runs. Just over the L3 weeks or so, Atlanta has posted less than 4 or more runs, only 3 times in their L16 games. Prado, Bourn, Heyward Freeman, McCann, Uggla, and Chipper Jones are tearing pitchers apart. Prado and Bourn each are over 100 hits, 4 batters are in DDs in HRs and their lineup is getting walked a lot. Jair Jurrjens spent 2 months in Triple A, but is 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA since returning to the Majors. The veteran hasn't allowed a Home Run in 21 1/3 innings. The Phillies are 5-17 their L22 games played vs. teams with a winning record, 9-24 their L33 games played overall, and 1-5 in Worleys L6 starts. The Braves are 4-0 their L4 games played vs. RH starters, 9-3 their L12 games played on the road, and 19-9 in Jurrjens L28 overall starts. Take Atlanta. Thank you.