The 2009 MLB Season is officially here as the Atlanta Braves are set to take on the Philadelphia Phillies tonight at Citizens Bank Park. Let’s take a look at the odds, the pitching matchup, trends and hand out a free pick for tonight’s game.

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First Pitch: 8:00PM ET

Pitching Matchup: Derek Lowe (Atlanta) vs. Brett Myers (Philadelphia)

Odds: Online sports book SBG Global has made the Phillies a –130 moneyline favorite, while making the Braves a +120 underdog.

Public Betting Trends:

Games over the last 3 seasons

PHILADELPHIA is 23-13 (+7.1 Units) against ATLANTA over the last 3 seasons

17 of 35 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=-1.6 Units, Under=-1.6 Units)

Games this season

There were no past matchups in this series during this time period.

All games at PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons

ATLANTA is 9-9 (+3.0 Units) against PHILADELPHIA over the last 3 seasons

9 of 17 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons . (Over=+0.9 Units)

Key Player Injuires:

ATLANTA

[P] 04/01/2009 - Charlie Morton 15-day DL (03/27) (Oblique)

[SP] 04/02/2009 - Tim Hudson 60-day DL (2/26) (Elbow)

[P] 04/04/2009 - Tom Glavine 15-day DL (4/2) (Shoulder)

[C] 04/04/2009 - David Ross 15-day DL (4/1) (Groin)

PHILADELPHIA

[2B] 04/02/2009 - Chase Utley upgraded to probable Sunday vs. Atlanta. (Hip)

[P] 04/03/2009 - Cole Hamels is expected to start Friday vs Colorado (Elbow)

Free Pick:

Our free pick for tonight’s game is Philadelphia –130.

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Posted: 4/5/09 11:02AM ET

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