The Atlanta Braves (63-46) and Philadelphia Phillies (49-60) will continue a National League East series on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels issued a season-high six walks in his last start against the Atlanta Braves

Atlanta has won 11 of its last 13 games—success that may continue due to capturing the last seven meetings against Philadelphia, including a 6-1 road victory on Monday night.  The Braves have been led by catcher Brian McCann offensively in this rivalry, hitting .333 with six home runs and 17 RBIs in the last eight meetings.  It’s important to note that he’s a .278 career hitter against tonight’s opposing starter, with nine of his 15 hits going for extra bases.  Atlanta is 11-4 as a road underdog of +125 to +150, with the “over” going 10-5 in that situation.

Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01 ERA) has pitched well since the All-Star break, posting a 1-1 record and 1.46 ERA, issuing four walks and striking out 21 batters in 24.2 frames.  The left-hander is 2-5 with a 6.16 ERA in 10 road outings, surrendering 16 home runs in 57 combined frames.  In three career games (two starts) versus the Phillies, Minor has tallied an even 1-1 mark and 3.09 ERA.

Philadelphia is now 13.5 games back of the NL Wild Card leaders, something that the fans have taken notice of, as the club failed to sell out a game for the first time since July 6, 2009 last night.  The Phillies have now matched their loss-total from a year ago, as they won a franchise-record 102 games in 2011.  Philadelphia is 13-27 against divisional foes this year, but have gone 13-7 as a home favorite of -125 to -150.

Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34 ERA) has watched the club suffer three straight losses with him on the mound, as the offense has scored just six combined runs in that span.  The left-hander is 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA in 10 home games, surrendering nine home runs in 69.2 frames.  In 26 career games (25 starts) versus the Braves, Hamels has registered a winning 11-7 record and 3.75 ERA, but suffered a 6-1 road loss on July 7.  He issued a season-high six free passes in that effort.

Sports bettors will likely back the Phillies due to their 4-0 mark at home versus left-handed starters, while the Braves are 1-4 in Minor’s last six outings as an underdog.

Pick:  Philadelphia Phillies -135

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