MLB Betting Preview – Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

by Dirty on April 8, 2011

Betting on Braves Baseball





Philadelphia   -120

Atlanta            +115

7o   -110

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves play the first of a three-game weekend series tonight in an early season showdown in the NL East. The first pitch in the Braves’ season home opener at Turner Field is set for 7:35 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on MLB.TV.

Philadelphia is off to a hot start with five wins in its first six games. The Phillies’ bats have also been hot with 43 runs in those six games. Led by Ryan Howard’s eight RBI and two home runs, they have the best team batting average in the league at .353 and lead the NL in total hits with 76.

Cliff Lee makes his second start of the season tonight for Philadelphia. The left hander recorded a win in his first outing; giving up four hits and three earned runs in seven innings of work. Last season with Seattle and Texas he was 12-8 with a 3.18 ERA in 28 starts. Lee is 1-1 with an ERA of 5.06 against the Braves in his career.

Atlanta comes into this game fresh off three straight losses to Milwaukee after taking two out of three from Washington to open the season. Pitching has been solid so far with a 2.75 team ERA, but the Braves’ bats have struggled a bit with with a .226 team batting average in their first seven games. They only managed to score six runs in the three losses to the Brewers.

Right hander Tim Hudson gets the call tonight for Atlanta. He looked extremely good in his first start this season; giving up just three hits and one earned run in seven innings of work against the Nationals. Last season he went 17-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a WHIP of 1.15 in 34 starts. Hudson is 6-7 with an ERA of 3.79 lifetime against Philadelphia.

Head-to-head, the Phillies have won five of the last six games overall with the total going 2-3-1, but these teams have split the last four games at Turner Field with the total going 2-2. Atlanta went 2-1 against Philadelphia last season with Hudson as the starter.

Stick with the Braves and the ‘under’ this time around as Atlanta does not disappoint the home-town crowd in its season opener at Turner Field.

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