The Atlanta Braves depart the south and head east to spend the weekend in The City of Brotherly Love, where they will meet the Philadelphia Phillies for a three game set. Tonight’s first pitch in the series opener at Citizens Bank Park is scheduled for 7:05ET.
The Braves come into this one after splitting a four game home series with the Chicago Cubs. Going 2-2 in your own park against one of the worst teams in baseball this year is nothing to hang your hat on. The two teams played leap frog with the Cubs taking the series first and third games while Atlanta won contests two and four. Start your MLB Betting action on Braves vs. Phillies game.
In game one, the Cubs Jeff Samardzija proved too much for the Braves bats as he got the 4-1 victory. He allowed just 4 hits and struck out 11 in seven innings. Atlanta had 6 hits total and committed two errors. In game two, hitting was not a problem for the Braves, thanks in large part to Chipper Jones who celebrated being named a replacement all star by pounding out 5 hits and 4 RBI’s in Atlanta’s 10-3 win.
It was the Cubbies turn again on the Fourth of July when they took the third game behind a good pitching effort by Paul Maholm and won it 5-1. Yesterday, in the series finale, the Braves beat up Cubs pitcher Matt Garza early, including two, 2 run homers in the first inning by Brian McCann and Jason Heyward and an eventual 7-3 triumph.Check the Sportsbook Odds for Braves vs. Phillies game.
Atlanta (43-39) trails the 2nd place Mets by 1.5 games in the NL East. They are and even 5-5 in their last 10 but a healthy 23-17 on the road. Philadelphia (37-47) continues its struggles this year, sitting in last place of the East division, 7 games behind tonight’s opponent. They’ve lost 7 of the last 10, including 2 of 3 to start the week in New York and are just 17-24 in Philly.
Tonight’s pitchers are two righthanders, Tim Hudson(6-4,3.87ERA) for the Braves and Kyle Kendrick(2-8,5.35ERA) for the Phils. They both gave up 5 runs in their last outings. Hudson lasted 6 innings vs. Washington and Kendricks 7 innings against Pittsburgh in those.
Atlanta has been installed as a road favorite at -$125, while Philadelphia is a +$115. The over/under is 9 total runs on a $110/$100 moneyline.
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