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Atlanta Braves Start Second Half by Visiting Chicago White Sox: Series Preview and Schedule

July 19th, 2013 at 3:51 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves kick off their second half by traveling to U.S. Cellular Field for a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox.

The Braves, despite their essentially .500 stretch since a 13-2 start, enter with a six-game lead in the National League East, the biggest division lead in baseball. The White Sox, meanwhile, have the second-worst record in the American League and are dead last in the AL Central.

Who's chopping:

Tim Hudson will need his recent stretch of a 2.48 ERA over his last eight starts. He has a career-worst 10.45 ERA in four career starts at U.S. Cellular Field.

Brian McCann will look to stay hot. He's hit .410 with five homers over his last 16 games.

Chris Sale threw two perfect innings for the AL in the All-Star Game on Tuesday and was credited with the win. Despite a 6-8 record this year, he has a 2.85 ERA in 17 starts.

Adam Dunn may be hitting just .213 this year, but he has a .355 career average with four homers against Hudson.

Who's flopping:

The injury bug will hopefully back off the Braves this series. B.J. Upton is on the disabled list, but Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman are all hopeful for Friday's opener.

The White Sox's downfall this year has been their offense. They rank last in the AL in runs scored.

The Braves offense has the most strikeouts in the NL with 826.

Friday, 8:10 on Fox Sports South: Braves RH Tim Hudson (6-7, 4.02 ERA) vs LH John Danks (2-6, 4.31 ERA)

Saturday, 4:05 on FOX: TBA vs RH Jake Peavy (6-4, 4.30 ERA)

Sunday, 2:10 on Fox Sports South: TBA vs LH Jose Quintana (4-2, 3.71 ERA)

 

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Tags: Adam Dunn, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brian McCann, Chicago White Sox, Chris Sale, MLB, Tim Hudson

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