May 8, 2011 – By Scott
The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves will wrap up their three-game weekend series Sunday night in Major League Baseball action. The two teams have split their first two games both winning by shutouts and dominating pitching performances.
Atlanta took the first game as Derek Lowe struck out 16 in the Braves’ 5-0 win. On Saturday, the Phillies pitching staff shutout the Braves 3-0. Now on Sunday night, the stage is set for another game that will feature two of the best starters in MLB so far this season.
The Phillies will send Cole Hamels to the mound for their 8:00 ET game with Atlanta. Hamels is one of four aces in the Phillies rotation and is 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA this year. After losing his opener, Hamels has been spectacular and is 4-0 with just a 1.42 ERA., including a 3-0 win over the Braves on April 10.
Jair Jurrjens will get the start for the Braves and he is off to a great startas well. Jurrjens is 3-0 on the year with a 1.52 ERA. He began the season on the DL and has not allowed more than two runs in his four starts since coming off the disabled list.
Getting Chipper Jones and Martin Prado back on track at the plate will be key in this game for Atlanta. Over his last four games, Jones was 7 for 17 and in his last ten games, Prado was hitting .348. But Saturday, the two combined for zero hits in 7 plate appearances.
Philadelphia will be favored by MLB sportsbooks Sunday night and their moneyline is set at -142, while the Braves have theirs set at +132. The OVER/UNDER in runs is set at 7.