The Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves are going to square off as a part of the 2013 MLB betting campaign. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our April 4th baseball predictions for what should be a great game on Thursday.
Free MLB Picks: Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Date: Thursday, April 4th, 7:10 ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA
Phillies vs. Braves Live TV: MLB Network
Philadelphia Phillies (Cliff Lee) +123
Atlanta Braves (Kris Medlen) -133
The Phillies have already lost the first two games of this series to the Braves, and they really haven’t looked all that great in either game. We have already seen RHP Roy Halladay and LHP Cole Hamels get lit up, and now, it’s LHP Cliff Lee’s turn to toe the rubber. Lee was really the definition of a tough luck pitcher last season. He had a 3.16 ERA and a 207/28 K/BB ratio for the season, numbers that truly were remarkable. However, he ultimately only went 6-9, and that clearly isn’t going to happen again this season. RHP Kris Medlen is going to be on the mound for Atlanta, and we really think that this is a man we should be betting against all season long until the oddsmakers more or less regulate themselves with him. There’s no doubt whatsoever that Medlen was untouchable last season in his 12 starts and his 50 total appearances, but we have a real concern as to whether that is going to keep up. As a full-time starter now, there is going to be a huge book on what Medlen brings to the table, and the Phillies have had all offseason to scout just that. The bottom line? Medlen’s luck should be worse this season. Lee’s luck should be better. We’re not all that sure that the Braves should really even be the favorites in this game when push comes to shove, and as a result, we’re going to back the boys from the City of Brotherly Love to at least salvage a game in this series.
Phillies @ Braves Pick: Philadelphia Phillies +123
Phillies @ Braves Score Prediction: Phillies 3 – Braves 2