Game Thread 7/6: Braves at Phillies

Scott Cunningham
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Tim Hudson takes on Kyle Kendrick in game two of this three-game series tonight in Philadelphia. First pitch is set for 7:15 PM EDT on Fox. Here are the lineups:

Braves:

  1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
  2. Jason Heyward, RF
  3. Justin Upton, LF
  4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
  5. Brian McCann, C
  6. Dan Uggla, 2B
  7. B.J. Upton, CF
  8. Chris Johnson, 3B
  9. Tim Hudson, P
  1. Ben Revere, CF
  2. Chase Utley, 2B
  3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
  4. Domonic Brown, LF
  5. Michael Young, 3B
  6. Delmon Young, RF
  7. Laynce Nix, 1B
  8. Carlos Ruiz, C
  9. Kyle Kendrick, P
Kyle Kendrick
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via BrooksBaseball

Kendrick enters with a 3.59 ERA, 3.75 FIP, and 4.08 xFIP in what has already been his best season in terms of fWAR (1.4). He doesn't strike many people out (14.8% strikeout rate) but thanks to a career low 5.7% walk rate, he has a career best K/BB ratio of 2.59.

After allowing 20 home runs in 160 innings last season, Kendrick has allowed just ten in 112 innings this year. He's also increased his ground-ball rate to above 50%.

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