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Series Preview - Phillies @ Braves (4/20-4/22)

Written by Joe Lucia on .

Philadelphia Philles (8-4) at Atlanta Braves (7-5) April 20th through 22nd at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia April 20th: Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 17.47) vs Tommy Hanson (1-1, 2.48) April 21st: Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.13) vs Tim Hudson (1-0, 2.84) April 22nd: Jamie Moyer (1-1, 7.50) vs Derek Lowe (3-0, 4.67) Kyle Kendrick is erm, not a good pitcher. He's allowed 11 earned in his 5 2/3 innings pitched this year while walking 3 and striking out 3. Don't fret however Phillies fans, his FIP is only 6.38! But anyway. Kyle is having a good day when his fastball manages to top 92...which isn't very often. In his career, he's allowed a .329 average to lefties while walking more than he strikes out. The Braves can trot out a lineup with 6 lefties in it if they really want to. Its probably not going to be a nice day for him tomorrow evening. Tommy Hanson is rather good, if you haven't noticed. In his first 2 starts this year, he's been lucky though. His ERA looks all bright and shiny at that 2.38 mark, while his FIP is an ugly 4.97, due in part to a pair of homers allowed, a huge walk rate, and a strand rate that just looks goofy at 98.5%. Regardless, he's still real good, and that will all balance out before all is said and done. The Phillies gutted their farm system to get Roy Halladay, who is also kind of good at baseball. This game is going to be a huge chore for the Braves. The Phillies have the best bullpen ERA in baseball, and Halladay has that scintillating 1.13 ERA. I don't think the Braves are going to do too well on this day. Tim Hudson will oppose Halladay in this game, and...he's been iffy this year. In his first start, he only struck out 2 batters. In his second, he didn't strike out any, while walking 5. Yet, he's only allowed 4 runs in his 12 2/3 innings. WATFO, right? This Phillies lineup is going to be patient, and Hudson can't screw out too much. And now the final game, with the non-effective Derek Lowe and the very old Jamie Moyer. I expect a double digit amount of runs in this one. Lowe may be 3-0, but he's walked more than he's struck out and is averaging over a homer and a half per 9 innings. Not what I like to see. Meanwhile, Moyer has no gas left on his fastball and is struggling all over the place. But then again, he's a great story or something, so everyone will continue to hype him up as some sort of geriatric wonder despite the fact that he shouldn't be pitching. Oh well, such is life. Yeah, I started slacking off near the end. I'm tired and don't know what to really say. Go Braves, I guess.
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