Next for Braves: Philadelphia Phillies

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.

-Carroll Rogers

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April 30th, 2012
8:29 pm

Hamels has been tough so it’s up to Tommy Hanson to get the best of Halladay to put the edge toward the Braves.

Fan since day one

April 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

I hope we stay hot and sweep the hated Phillies.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 30th, 2012
11:18 pm

HOT ? hell is hot, the braves are not. going 2/2 vs. the Pirates is not hot. Sorry, don’t mean disrespect Fan since day one, but I was very disappointed in splitting the bucs series and in how we got BLOWN out tonight.

Not giving up on Braves, but we are NOT hot.

Knucksie

April 30th, 2012
11:50 pm

My direct tv guide says the hawks are coming on tomorrow while the Braves should be on… What’s going on with that?

bravo-n-knoxville

May 1st, 2012
12:54 am

you are correct Orange Brave regarding the “not hot” Tomahawks. However, compared to the past…the Braves are “en fuego “…and although I did not like the split with the Bucs, just as long as we are not losing series is acceptable since we are just 1/2 game back of 1st.

Take 2 of 3 from Phillies and this team’s confidence will soar for sure. Just make sure that Fred G. does not pitch Durbin, and that he uses Livian as a PH only! Chop’em Bravos!!!

Charlie

May 1st, 2012
7:31 am

The Phillies will come to town, and despite their record, their hitters will get healthy on Braves pitching, and our hitter will be in double digit strike outs. The Phils will handle the Braves, just lke late September.

Gene

May 1st, 2012
10:44 am

The Dodgers are a much better team than the Phillies, and the Braves were hot in LA. However, they have a mental thing with the Phillies. Howard, Werth, and Ibanez feasted off the Braves in the past, and they won’t be around for this series. The Braves must win two out of three to keep the momentum up. This Braves team is good, but it is also fragile.

dromio94

May 1st, 2012
11:23 am

Like your comment, Gene. “Fragile” is the right word. They are/were hot, especially in LA. But note the plummeting BAs of McCann, Chipper, Freddie F and Heyward. Bourn and Prado are continuing to do the business, but they aren’t being brought home by the middle of the order. Uggla is just about holding his own, young Pastornicky is getting better all the time. But when a part-timer like Hinske comes in and goes 4-fer, while the regulars go zilch, well, yes, “fragile” is the word; BUT-this year’s Phillies are NOT last year’s. So Go Braves!

Ralph

May 1st, 2012
11:30 am

Braves hitters are looking more normal lately, going to be tough getting them going against Phils pitching, go braves.

snoopy

May 1st, 2012
11:37 am

need Jhey to get back in the line up and get chipper back to the 3 hole, where he is comfortable!!! CHOP

Ricky

May 1st, 2012
12:24 pm

Be patient dromio94 and bravo-n-knoxville…………the bats were not going to stay as hot as they were in Arizona. I am not a cap tipper (LOL) but we just did not get the big hits we needed in going 1-10 with RISP last night. We will be ok. And it is a GREAT sign when we have a cold bat come off the bench and go 4 for 4. All will be good. Lets try to beat the Phillies back and take 2 out of 3 (maybe a sweep?). This is a statement series and we can make a BIG statement to the Phillies and to the NL East.

Kevin

May 1st, 2012
1:28 pm

Predicting a series that will look a lot like the series with the Bucs: solid pitching all around and low scoring affairs.

TOMY FOURNIER

May 1st, 2012
1:37 pm

I HATE THE PHILLYS…BUT MY TEAM(BRAVES) ARE PLAYING LIKE ALWAYS….BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!

Bojack

May 1st, 2012
1:50 pm

Phillis are not whay they use to be..Braves win tonight. Players have more pride this year in their hitting etc..go Braves.

Kevin

May 1st, 2012
4:58 pm

Ugh, sounds like Heyward is out again tonight.

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