Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Tip-off: Friday, August 2, 2013 – 7:05 PM ET
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Atlanta: Medlen (7-10, 3.74 ERA)
- Philadelphia: Martin (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
The Atlanta Braves have impressed many online sports betting fans by powering their way to their largest division lead in the last ten years.
Tonight the NL East leaders will have an opportunity to carry over some of that offense to a Kris Medlen start who will try to help the visiting Braves to achieve an eighth consecutive win in the series opener versus the weak Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves (64-45) capped a perfect seven-game homestand with last night’s 11-2 win versus the Colorado Rockies. This was mainly thanks to two homers and five RBIs from Justin Upton and a seventh consecutive multi-hit game from NL batting leader Chris Johnson. Atlanta managed to move 11 1/2 games in front of idle Washington Nationals, a first-place cushion they last had on Sept. 21, 2003.
While the Braves are batting .336 with 7.3 runs per game since their last loss, YouWager experts consider they haven’t been doing much to back Medlen (7-10, 3.74 ERA), who has a team-low 3.53 run-support average.
Atlanta had scored three total runs in the right-hander’s previous three starts — all defeats — before a 5-2 victory versus the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday when he threw six innings of two-run ball.
Medlen hasn’t been at his best in two starts when meeting Philadelphia (50-58) this season, compiling a 6.97 ERA while losing each time.
Atlanta, who plated three total runs in those starts, have scored seven times in three defeats to the Phillies this MLB season compared to 29 in their three victories.
Philadelphia will try to regroup with Ethan Martin making his MLN debut. The Georgia native, 11-5 with a 4.12 ERA at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, will be replacing Cliff Lee (sore neck).
The right-hander has some extra motivation by facing the team he grew up supporting.
Atlanta dropped two of three in their only visit to Philadelphia this baseball season from July 5-7.