Friday, July 05, 2013

Series Preview- NL East Leading Braves

Atlanta Braves (49-36) @ Philadelphia Phillies (41-45)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Friday, 7:05 - Tim Hudson vs. Cliff Lee
Saturday, 7:15 - Paul Maholm vs. KK
Sunday, 1:35 - Kris Medlen vs. Petite Bone

Politically Incorrect Moniker's Bats:
R - 363 (13th)
AVG - .248 (20th)
OPS - .733 (10th)

Justin Upton/RF started the season as a man-on-fire (12 HR/19 RBI in April), but has cooled off to the point of nearly becoming an iceberg (3 HR, 19 RBI in May/June/July).  Freddie Freeman/1B is the offensive force of this squad (.313/.860, 52 RBI) and Chris Johnson/3B is hitting well too (.333/.856).  BJ Upton/CF has been a tremendous waste of resources (.175/.582) and Dan Uggla/2B continues his downward spiral (.199/.717).  Brian McCann/C is back in the lineup since last time the Phils faced the Braves, and he's back to his old self (.268/.871).

Politically Incorrect Moniker's Arms:
ERA - 3.23 (2nd)
WHIP - 1.20 (3rd)

Pitching is this team's strength, both in the rotation and bullpen.  They've had the same 5 starting pitchers all season long so far (an abnormality in today's game).  Hudson is the staff's elder statesman, but can still get the job done.  Maholm has reinvented himself in Atlanta and Medlen is their young ace.  Elite closer, Craig Kimbrel, is setup by Jordan Walden, Anthony Varvaro, and Luis Avilan.  With Eric O'Flatherty and Johnny Venters both out for the season, they haven't skipped a beat in churning out quality arms, something Atlanta has made a trademark of theirs.

Prediction:
Phillies take series opener, but then lose to close it out.

6 comments:

SirAlden said...

Epic HomeRun by Ryan Howard.

Fireworks!

GM-Carson said...

Still below . 500

SirAlden said...

Hamels has gotta be better in the second half.

Need 2 Bullpen arms in trade.

Buyers we shall be.

GM-Carson said...

Sell.

SirAlden said...

Need Bullpen.

Buy.

GM-Carson said...

That's a lot to trade for considering the Phillies are about 2-3 arms short of a good bullpen.

Panhandle is blah. Petitbone is OK. KK is regressing. Hamels is off. Lee is the only really good one in the rotation.