MLB Lines: Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Pick: July 8th 2011
Halladay will be aiming for his 12th win of 2011 when he leads the Phillies into a three-game series against their National League East rivals from Atlanta on Friday. He’s now (11-3, 2.44) and tossed his 6th complete game of the season in his return to Toronto as the Phillies won 5-3, and he gave up 3 runs on 8 hits, with 8 strikeouts and a walk. Halladay didn’t seem fazed at all as he stepped onto the mound where he became the best pitcher in baseball over 12 seasons, but you expect that out of the two-time (and reigning) Cy Young winner. Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.23) came away with a no-decision in a 5-4 loss at home to Baltimore, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings of work, scattering 6 strikeouts with no walks along the way. The rookie has now allowed 3 runs or less in his last 8 starts. Unless Beachy can toss a shutout, it’s unlikely that the Braves will give him enough support for the win. Like the Phils on Friday night.