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Phillies vs. Braves Pick MLB – July 5th

I don’t like to have the same pick as Kyle, and whenever I can check the site before publishing, I do. So, sorry about the double-up yesterday, but hopefully it just made you more confident in the concurring pick as it was another easy winner. It’s sort of like asking someone if they would like some free money. My response to that question, should it ever be posed, it “yes, please.”

So, yes please. Thank you dude-named-Josh Smith who set a Reds record in just his second start yesterday. And lest you think this a good thing, the record was for “most batters hit in a game.” He plunked four Brewers who were understandably not mad and never rushed the mound, perhaps for fear he would fight back and be ejected from the game (which would have been undesirable for the Brewers). He was also hitting a lot of bats and not a lot of catcher’s mitts inside the strike zone. The Brewers racked up a staggering 23 baserunners in single-handedly erasing the game’s OVER.

It’s been a huge holiday weekend with nothing but winner’s including Saturday’s massive underdog. Let’s cap off the Holiday in grand fashion with a fourth-straight winner and our eleventh in fifteen games.

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Today’s Free Pick:

Philadelphia Phillies +106 at Atlanta Braves -116 (Total: 6.5)

Cole Hamels vs. Shelby Miller

Could today be long-time Phillies hurler Cole Hamel’s last game in a Phillies uniform? Shelby Miller is all but assuredly staying in Atlanta, though many of his teammates are likely on the move in the coming weeks as well. Welcome to “Who Wants to be a Yankee!” audition day.

Hamels has been making many a contenders salivate this year, as he has regained his form to be one of the better southpaws in all of MLB. He enters tonight with a losing record (not his fault) but his 3.22 ERA and 1.15 WHIP are solid. His last three starts have been basically in line with his season, and he has shown some flashes of dominance over the last month.

Miller has been fantastic and looks to be settling in at the top of the Braves rotation. Atlanta enters today on a four-game winning streak and Miller personally has been an All-Star with a 2.20 ERA and WHIP of just 1.07. His team has lost three straight games in which he has started, but that is a product of 1.3 runs of support rather than the fault of Miller.

The Phillies are 12-39 in their last 51 road games. Repeating. 12-39. I think Hamels gives them a shot, but I’d still give the edge to Shelby Miller in 2015. Then there is the pesky problem of Hamels playing for the Phillies… at least for his sake it is likely for the last time.

I’ll take the Braves to complete the series sweep this afternoon in Atlanta.

Free Pick: Atlanta Braves to WIN -116