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Braves vs Phillies series preview

Posted on: June 6, 2008 12:09 am
 
 

As the Braves and the Phillies prepare for an important weekend set, let's take a look at the matchups...

Game 1:

Starters: Tim Hudson vs Jamie Moyer

Probable lineups:

Braves:

  1. Yunel Escobar, SS
  2. Kelly Johnson, 2B
  3. Chipper Jones, 3B
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B
  5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
  6. Brian McCann, C
  7. Gregor Blanco, CF
  8. Josh Anderson, LF

Possible lineup change: Greg Norton in LF. If his knee feels better, Bobby Cox will likely continue the retardation that is starting Greg Norton in LF; Omar Infante at 2B

Phillies:

  1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  2. Shane Victorino, CF
  3. Chase Utley, 2B
  4. Ryan Howard, 1B
  5. Pat Burrel, LF
  6. Geoff Jenkins, RF
  7. Pedro Feliz, 3B
  8. Chris Coste, C

Possible lineup change: Carlos Ruiz at C

Advantage: Braves

Hudson is a true ace, and is tough to beat. Jamie Moyer can befuddle a team, but is very hittable.

Game 1 X factor: If Bobby Cox starts Omar Infante over Kelly Johnson, I'll probably throw a fit. The team is much better with KJ in there.

 

Game 2:

Jo-Jo Reyes vs Kyle Kendrick

(no probable lineup shifts from game 1)

Advantage: Braves

This one is very close. Kendrick is solid, but Reyes has pitched like a new man in his last 2 starts. Against a fairly lefty heavy lineup, I like his chances. I

Game 2 X factor: Can Reyes get Howard out? Ryan really hurt him in his last start vs the Phillies.

Game 3:

Starters: Jorge Campillo vs Adam Eaton

(no probable lineup changes from games 1 & 2)

Advantage: Phillies

Jorge Campillo has done a great job for the Braves, but I don't trust him yet. Eaton is an okay pitcher.

Game 3 X factor: Adam Eaton. Eaton seems like a Jeckel and Hyde type from my point of view, and if he's not on, this one could go to the Braves.

 

Series X factor: The Braves have been almost unbeatable at home, while very vulnerable on the road. The Phillies are one of the few teams that have an above .500 road record. Which trend holds up?

Series advantage: Braves

I fully expect 2/3, and a sweep could happen. Missing Hamels is key, that dude is lights out. Hudson vs Moyer should net a W, and the Braves by all rights should take one of the next two games.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2008 3:10 pm
 

Braves vs Phillies series preview

And Max, we certaintly did luck out by missing Hamels. That guy is tough to beat. I'd rather face Johan.

Careful what you wish for my friend, careful what you wish for!




Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2008 2:54 pm
 

Braves vs Phillies series preview

I still can't believe how good the Braves have been in Atlanta.

It's been crazy. They've sucked so bad on the road though. I certaintly like our chances at home with the pitching matchups.

And Max, we certaintly did luck out by missing Hamels. That guy is tough to beat. I'd rather face Johan.




Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2008 2:45 pm
 

Braves vs Phillies series preview

I still can't believe how good the Braves have been in Atlanta.  Only other team more impressive at home IMO is Boston this year.  I think this series will be a cool down for the Phillies and agree that Atlanta takes 2 of 3.



Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2008 2:28 pm
 

Braves vs Phillies series preview

The Braves lucked out since they won't have to face Hamels. I guess you could break down this series very nicely like 14 did with pitching matchups & x-factors but these are 2 teams I hate so I'm not gonna give this too much thought. The fact is the Braves are 25-8 at home so the smart money is on them to take at least 2 of 3.

I just hope each game goes 15-16 innings and they tire each other out to the point of exhaustion. No injuries, I don't wish that on anyone, just complete exhaustion!



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