Phillies vs Braves MLB 2010 Odds – April 21, 2010: A terrific National League East Divisional matchup is in store tonight, as the (8-5) Philadelphia Phillies [-143 ML] and the sports betting odds underdog (8-5) Atlanta Braves [+133 ML] play game 2 of this three-game set. The first pitch for what should be a highly entertaining game is scheduled for 7:10 PM ET (6:10 PM CT) from Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia, and it’ll be broadcasted live on ESPN.
The defending National League champion Phillies come in the midst of their first mini-slump of the season, as they’ve lost three straight. The Braves, meanwhile, are heating up, as they come into this Divisional-battle, winners of two in a row, which of course includes the series opener last night. "Every game is good to win, and we've got Hudson that they've got to face," Braves manager Bobby Cox said followinf Game 1.
The pitching matchup in Game 2 couldn’t possibly be any better, as two of the most reliable right-handers in the NL East will face off in Phillies’ RHP Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.13 ERA) taking on the Braves’ ace RHP Tim Hudson (1-0, 2.84 ERA). As a direct result of this pitching matchup, MLB 2010 Odds makers at BODOG.com have set their Phillies vs Braves Game 2 OVER/UNDER mark at a low total of 7½ runs.
For the Phillies, Halladay has been every bit as good as advertised since coming over from the American League. Against the Braves, Doc brings a 1-0 record and a squeaky clean, 0.84 ERA into this intra-division showdown tonight. In his first three starts as a Phillie, Halladay has pitched 24 innings, has allowed 21 hits, three earned-runs, has walked 2 and punched out a whopping 21 batters.
I think it’s pretty fair to say that thus far, the 2003 Cy Young winner has lived up to his 6-time All-Star status with his new club and pitching in a new league.
"You just have to pitch a smart game," Hudson said. "As a team, we have to take advantage of scoring opportunities. Going up against a guy like Halladay, your scoring opportunities are going to be few and far between. So when you get a chance to get some runs across, you have to do whatever you can to get it done."
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