Series preview: vs. Phillies
When (TV): 1:05 p.m. Monday (SPSO); 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (WPCH); 1:05 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO)
Radio: 680 AM, 100.5 FM
Probable starting pitchers:
Monday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (4-3, 4.06 ERA) vs. RH Joe Blanton (1-3, 5.63 ERA)
Tuesday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (5-1, 2.24 ERA) vs. LH Cole Hamels (6-3, 2.22 ERA)
Wednesday: Braves RH Derek Lowe (7-4, 4.86 ERA) vs. RH Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 5.04 ERA)
Hanson leads with the Braves with 62 strikeouts, 27 more than Derek Lowe. He is second in the National League in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.7, trailing only the Giants Tim Lincecum’s 10.9.
In his five starts this season, Blanton has a 1.80 ERA in the first five innings of games, allowing five earned runs in 25 innings. That number balloons to 14.46 in the sixth and seventh innings where he allowed 15 earned runs in 9-1/3 innings.
- Chris Vivlamore