The San Francisco Giants visit the Atlanta Braves

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Apr 30, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Hudson (17) pitches against the San Diego Padres during the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Tim Hudson, the ace of the Giants rotation thus far, will visit Turner Field for the first time since he left the Atlanta Braves to join the San Francisco Giants. Both sides come into the month of May after a very successful opening month of April. The Braves currently sit top of the National League East with a pretty 17-9 record whilst the Giants top the National League West standings with a 17-11 record.

The series will be a good indicator of where the Giants currently stand. The Giants do lead the way for the West thus far, but 25 of the 28 games have been against Western rivals, a division where the Giants typically are very strong. Only once so far this year have the Giants ventured outside of the National League West, when they swept the Cleveland Indians 3-0.

Not only will the series tell whether the Giants can play outside their home league, playing the toughest team in the National League could be a good indicator of as to whether the Giants have serious postseason credentials. The Braves send a plethora of young pitchers to the mound, and a dangerous lineup of young hitters. If the Giants want to leave Atlanta with a series victory, they will have to bring their best game.

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