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Atlanta Braves Look to Continue Winning Streak Against Philadelphia Phillies: Series Preview and Schedule

August 2nd, 2013 at 3:43 PM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves once again destroyed the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, and they look to continue their seven-game winning streak when they travel to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Braves improved their Major League-best home record to 38-15, though they'll look to improve on their 26-30 road record.

The Phillies haven't put up much of a fight in the National League East this year. The Braves currently hold a 7 1/2-game lead over the Washington Nationals, and the Phillies sit 9 1/2 back in third place.

Who's chopping:

Justin Upton clubbed as many homers last night (two) as he did in June and July combined.

Chris Johnson's three hits in the series finale Thursday gave him a seven-game multi-hit streak. He leads the NL with a .346 average.

Alex Wood went seven innings on Tuesday for his first Major League win.

In what seems to be a freak of statistics, Andrelton Simmons hasn't struck out since the All-Star break.

Who's flopping:

Brandon Beachy wasn't so hot in his first start since Tommy John surgery last year. He gave up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

Despite playing in a bandbox of a stadium, the Phillies rank 13th in the NL in runs score and eighth in homers, largely due to the absence of Ryan Howard.

Friday, 7:05 on Fox Sports South: Braves RH Kris Medlen (7-10, 3.74 ERA) vs RH Ethan Martin (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Saturday, 4:05 on FOX: RH Brandon Beachy (0-0, 17.18 ERA) vs TBA

Sunday, 8:05 on ESPN: LH Alex Wood (1-2, 3.51 ERA) vs LH John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA)



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

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Tags: Alex Wood, Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Chris Johnson, Ethan Martin, Justin Upton, MLB, Philadelphia Phillies

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