The Philadelphia Phillies (12-12) and Atlanta Braves (14-10) will continue a three-game National League East series on Wednesday night at Turner Field, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 ET
Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves
Philadelphia evened its record through 24 games with a 4-2 road win over Atlanta in the series opener, moving the club within 2.5 games of first-place Washington in the division standings. The Phillies have now won eight consecutive games against the Braves, outscoring them by a 51-14 margin over that span. Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has lifted his play offensively since returning to the leadoff spot on Saturday, hitting .400 with three runs scored in that span. Philadelphia is 10-7 versus right-handed starters and the “over” is 10-7 in that situation.
Phillies SP Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95 ERA) will look to snap a two-game losing streak, as he comes off a 5-1 home loss to the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander hasn’t allowed a home run in 37 combined innings this year, while opponents are hitting just .188 against him. In seven career games (six starts) versus the Braves, Halladay has registered a winning 4-1 mark and 1.78 ERA, but was 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in two efforts in 2011.
Atlanta has dropped three of five games on its current home stand, with the “under” going 3-2 in those contests. The Braves will need second baseman Dan Uggla to collect a big hit in this contest, hitting .400 with three home runs and six RBIs in 25 career at-bats against Halladay. The team came into last night’s game going 3-for-30 in their last three contests with runners in scoring position. Atlanta is 8-5 as a home underdog of +100 to +125 since the start of the 2010 season.
Braves starting pitcher Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00 ERA) has won his last two starts, including a 6-1 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers last time out, giving up one run and six hits over six frames. The right-hander has tallied an even 1-1 mark and 3.46 ERA in two home starts, surrendering a single home run in 13 combined frames. In seven lifetime starts versus the Phillies, Hanson is 1-2 with a 2.23 ERA, including a no-decision effort in a 4-1 victory last year.
Bettors will likely back the Phillies due to Halladay’s 23-5 record in his last 28 starts versus divisional opponents, while the Braves are 0-5 in Hanson’s last five efforts in the same situation.
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -113
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