Date/Time: July 6th, 7:15 PM ET
MLB Betting Odds from BetOnline Sportsbook
Probable Starters: Hudson (Atlanta) vs. Kendrick (Philadelphia)
Moneyline: Braves -112
The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies have a longstanding rivalry with one another in the NL East. The two will renew ties on Saturday night as a part of FOX's regional coverage of great games on the diamond.
The Braves are looking for their 50th win of the season, but they have been stuck on 49 now for three straight games. The two losses to the Miami Marlins at home were the ones that hurt, but the loss in the first game of this series against Philly didn't exactly tickle either. Atlanta is going to be sending RHP Tim Hudson to the mound in this game in hopes of turning around its fortunes. Unfortunately for the Braves, Hudson has been their worst pitcher of the season. The righty is only 4-7 with a 4.22 ERA. He hasn't won a game since May 5th, going 0-6 since that point, though the team has won the other four starts in which he has gotten no-decisions. The splits for Hudson aren't all that bad. He has allowed a few too many home runs this year with 10, but his strikeout total is up (73), and his walks are down (29). Batters are only hitting .245 against him as well, though that average has been creeping up over the course of the last few starts. This is also a start on long rest for Hudson, knowing that he last pitched on June 29th.
The Phillies are still going through the internal debate as to whether or not they are still in contention in the NL East or not. This is a decision that could come down to the last few days before the trade deadline. GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. would love to restock his farm system, and he knows that he has the pieces to do it, but with a big TV contract looming and the possibility to creep into the back end of the playoffs still reasonable, it would be tough to break up the team, especially if this series against Atlanta is won on the heels of a series win on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates. RHP Kyle Kendrick brings his 7-5 record and his 3.59 ERA into this clash at home. The Houston native absolutely had to start against the Braves in this series, knowing that he is 7-1 with a 2.86 ERA against them in his career. The southpaw has pitched well in these last three starts, allowing just seven runs in 21.2 innings of work, though he has only led the team to a 1-2 record in those games.
With as well as Kendrick has pitched against the Braves, it's almost insulting that he is the underdog in this one. Hudson isn't the same pitcher that he was two or three years ago, and it's starting to show. Go with Philly in this one to pull off the mild upset.
Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies Pick: Philadelphia Phillies +107