15* NL East PLAY OF THE DAY on Philadelphia Phillies +110
Philadelphia vs. Atlanta,
04/01/2013 19:05 EDT,
Score: 5 - 7
Money Line: +110 Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the most underrated teams in the league heading into 2013. That's because they underachieved last year, winning just 81 games despite coming into the season as one of the favorites to win the World Series.
However, injuries really derailed Philadelphia's season last year. I look for it to bounce back in a big way in 2013, and that starts tonight with a road victory over NL East rival Atlanta. The Phillies clearly have the edge on the mound in this one.
Philadelphia did a great job of getting Cole Hamels signed long-term this past season. Hamels went 17-6 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.124 WHIP over 31 starts last season. The left-hander is 12-7 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 27 career starts against Atlanta.
While Hamels is in the prime of his career, Tim Hudson is another year older for the Braves. He's coming off a decent 2012 campaign in which he went 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA, but just 8-5 with a 3.93 ERA at home. Hudson is also 10-9 with a 3.75 ERA and 1.303 WHIP in 27 career starts against Philadelphia.
The Phillies are 6-0 in their last 6 Monday games. Philadelphia is 5-0 in Hamels' last 5 starts overall. The Braves are 5-21 in their last 26 Monday games. Take the Phillies Monday.