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Atlanta Braves Start Road Trip with Philadelphia Phillies: Series Preview

July 5th, 2013 at 4:39 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves look to recover from their second home series loss of the year by traveling to Citizens Bank Park to take out their anger on the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game series starting Friday.

The Braves enter the series with a six-game lead on the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East, while the Phillies begin play four games under .500 and 8 1/2 games out of first.

Who's chopping:

Chris Johnson has hit .412 over his last 10 games, pushing his season average to .333.

Brian McCann has been even hotter over his last eight games, hitting .419 with three homers and 11 RBIs.

Cliff Lee carries an 11-game undefeated streak into the series, during which he is 7-0. He's now 9-2 with a 2.49 ERA this year.

After hitting .200 in April with one extra-base hit, Ben Revere has hit .333 with 15 steals in 57 games.

Who's flopping:

Tim Hudson was yanked after giving up four runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no decision on June 29. He hasn't won a game since May 5.

Never mind that whole B.J. Upton turning things around happening. He's 1-for-his-last-13.

The run Craig Kimbrel gave up in Thursday's finale with the Miami Marlins brought his season total to six earned runs, just one less than he allowed all of last year.

Cole Hamels has been one of the best examples of the Phillies fragmenting bullpen. He's 3-11 with a 4.38 this year.

Friday, 7:05 on Fox Sports South: Braves LH Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69 ERA) vs LH Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59 ER)

Saturday, 7:10 on FOX: RH Tim Hudson (4-7, 4.22 ERA) vs RH Kyle Kendrick (7-5, 3.59 ERA)

Sunday, 1:35 on Fox Sports South: RH Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11 ERA) vs RH Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99 ERA)


Photo credit: Keith Allison / Foter / CC BY-SA

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, B.J. Upton, Baseball, Ben Revere, Chris Johnson, Cliff Lee, Craig Kimbrel, Kyle Kendrick, MLB, Paul Maholm, Philadelphia Phillies, Tim Hudson

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