Jerad Eickhoff (1-6, 4.44 ERA) and Casey Kelly (0-0, 3.00 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (24-19) and the Atlanta Braves (12-30) at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves won the last game 2-0, and Atlanta leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 1:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 22 and can be seen on CSPh and FSSO.
Eickhoff pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking two in a 5-3 defeat to the Marlins. Kelly went 3.0 innings, surrendering one run in a 6-3 defeat to the Mets in his last outing. Freddie Freeman (.273, 19 Rs, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
The oddsmakers have made the Phillies a -170 favorite with a total of 8.
Pick - PHI
The Braves are struggling at 7-13 in their division, while the Phillies sit at 13-10.
When leading after seven innings, Philadelphia is 8-9, while Atlanta is 4-11.
The Braves are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Phillies have a 3-10 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 2-19. The Phillies have a 6-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 30th in home runs, Atlanta has hit 18 this season. Philadelphia ranks 29th with 31 home runs.
Philadelphia and Atlanta both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Philadelphia sits at 26th with 110 this season and Atlanta ranks 22nd with 122.
The Phillies are 18-8 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 4-9 when they hit at least one homer.