Series preview: vs. Phillies
When (TV): 7:10 p.m. Tuesday (SPSO); 7:10 p.m. Wednesday (SPSO); 12:10 p.m. Thursday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Tuesday: Braves RH Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05 ERA) vs. LH Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73)
Wednesday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00) vs. RH Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95)
Thursday: Braves RH Randall Delgado (2-2, 6.30) vs. RH Joe Blanton (2-3, 3.81)
About the Braves:
Batting: Michael Bourn had hit safely in 14 of his past 15 games entering Monday, while hitting .424 (28-for-66) with a .486 on-base percentage. The Braves are 9-2 in games in which he scores a run. Rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky had hit in five straight entering Monday, while batting 8-for-16, improving his season batting average from .175 to .263.
Pitching: Beachy is 0-3 with a 3.94 ERA in six career starts against the Phillies, and the Braves have lost all six. His toughest out was Raul Ibanez (6-for-12 with one double and one RBI), but he’s now with the Yankees. Beachy is ranked second in the NL in ERA among qualified starters after allowing only three earned runs in 25 2/3 innings. The Braves have won his past three starts.
Miscellaneous: The Braves went 6-12 against the Phillies last season and have lost their past seven in a row, including a three-game sweep to the Phillies in the final series of the season. They lost 4-3 in 13 innings on the last day of the season to miss the playoffs.
About the Phillies:
Batting: The Phillies are 27th in the majors in runs and have scored two runs or fewer in 12 of their first 22 games. Who would have guessed Juan Pierre would be leading the Phillies team in hitting with a .318 average and Shane Victorino in home runs with four? Catcher Carlos Ruiz is 5-for-8 vs. Beachy with a home run and three RBIs.
Pitching: Hamels has won three straight – all quality starts – while allowing only five earned runs in 21 innings. Hamels is 11-6 with a 3.72 ERA in 24 career starts against the Braves, including 2-1 with a 2.90 ERA in five games last season. He hasn’t allowed more than four runs against the Braves since July 1, 2009, 11 starts ago. Dan Uggla is only 8-for-50 (.160) with 15 strikeouts in his career vs. Hamels.
Miscellaneous: Ryan Howard (Achilles tendon) and Chase Utley (knee) are still rehabbing their injuries and Cliff Lee is on the disabled list with an oblique strain.