The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies have nearly wrapped up two postseason bids for the National League East Division, as the two will be playing the second of a three-game set Tuesday. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Citizens Bank Park.
Atlanta has an outside shot of capturing the division, trailing Philadelphia by 7½-games to start the week. The Braves hold a comfortable 8½-game cushion over the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild-Card standings.
The 2011 season series was tied at six games apiece entering Monday's series opener. Cliff Lee and the Phillies were pirced at -200 in the game with a 7-run total.
Tim Hudson (14-8, 3.05 ERA) is scheduled to make his 29th start of the season and is coming off a solid 5-2 home win over the Washington Nationals. He surrendered a single run and five hits over six frames.
The right-hander has actually led the club to wins in six of his last seven starts, which has led directly to his 6-2 record and 2.20 ERA in 10 outings since the All-Star break.
Hudson will be facing the Phillies for the 21st time in his career, coming in with an even 7-7 mark and 3.65 ERA, including a losing 1-2 record and 3.98 ERA in five tries at Citizens Bank Park.
He will want to pitch carefully to Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard, who is batting .298 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in 47 career at bats against Hudson.
Bettors will be surprised that the Braves are 3-7 in his last 10 road starts when matching up with winning ball clubs.
Philadelphia ended a seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record, dropping the final two games in South Florida against the Marlins. The losses snapped a 36-game streak without consecutive defeats away from the City of Brotherly Love.
The Phillies have played magnificent baseball in front of the their adoring fans, coming into the series with a sparkling 46-22 home record.
Vance Worley (10-1, 2.85 ERA) was handed his only defeat of the season back on May 29 in New York, which is also the last time the team dropped a contest with him on the hill.
The rookie has tallied a perfect 5-0 record and 1.96 ERA in nine home starts, as opponents are hitting just .175 against him. He has allowed just two home runs in 55 innings in a hitter-friendly ballpark.
Worley has made two career appearances (one start) versus the Braves, combining to toss six shutout innings and scattering just two hits. Total bettors will find that the ‘over’ is 6-1 in the right-hander's last seven games overall.
Weather forecasts suggest game-time highs in the mid-70s and a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms throughout. The wind will be out of the southwest at 10-15 mph (out to center).
The ‘under’ is a surprising 8-5 in those playing conditions.