Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies MLB
Game 1 Sunday
Time: 8PM ET TV: ESPN
The 2009 Major League Baseball season begins with Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN2 with an 8PM Eastern first pitch between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Derek The LVSC sendout for game 1 of the series has the Phillies as a –130 favorite with the Braves taking back +120. The over under is set at 8 ½. There has been no movement yet from the bettors. Lowe will get the start for Atlanta with right-hander Bret Myers on the hill for the defending World Champion Phillies. Derek Lowe makes his debut for the Braves on Sunday after spending his 2008 season with the LA Dodgers. In three starts versus Philadelphia last season Lowe allowed 8 earned runs in 17 innings pitched. The Braves hit Myers hard last season as the righty allowed 10 earned runs in 9 innings of work in 2 starts. In the 2008 season the Philadelphia offense was 2nd in the league in runs scored averaging 4.93 runs per game. The weather report calls for clear skies and temperatures in the low 50’s. The weather channel rates the playing conditions 9 out of a possible 10 for game 1 of the series.
Trend: Team record behind Lowe in his last 7 April starts is 6-1
Game 2 Tuesday
Time: 7PM ET TV: MLB PPV
Weather Forecast: Mid 40’s very windy
Game 2 scheduled starters will be Jair Jurjens on the hill for the Braves versus left-hander Jaime Moyer for the Phillies. Jurjens pitched well against the Braves last season allowing only 10 earned runs in 27 innings pitched in 4 starts. The Phillies hit only .219 against the Braves young pitcher in 2008 who allowed only 2 earned runs in 2 starts at Citizens Bank Park in 2008. Teams hit .294 against Moyer at home and .232 on the road. The Braves hit Moyer hard last season scoring 8 runs in 11 innings in the left-handers two starts last season.
Trend: The Under is 5-0 in Jurjens last 5 April starts
Game 3 Wednesday TV: MLB PPV
Time: 3PM ET TV: MLB PPV
Weather Forecast: Mid 40’s cloudy skies
Game 3 scheduled starters will be veteran Javier Vazquez for the Braves versus Joe Blanton for the World Champion Phillies. Joe Blanton was a mid season acquisition by the Phillies from the Oakland A’s. In 7 home starts the right-hander’s ERA was 3.55 in 38 innings pitched at Citizens Bank Park. Javier Vazquez moves to Atlanta after 3 seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The veteran right-hander was 12-16 last season. Teams hit .263 against Vazquez in 2008. Note that Vazquez pitched in a pitcher friendly ballpark last season.
Trend: The Over is 7-1 in Javier Vazquez’ last 8 April starts.