Series preview: at Phillies
When (TV): 7:05 p.m. Monday-Wednesday (SPSO)
Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5
Probable starting pitchers:
Monday: Braves RH Ben Sheets (3-1, 1.46 ERA) vs. RH Vance Worley (6-6, 3.63)
Tuesday: Braves LH Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01) vs. LH Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34)
Wednesday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) vs. RH Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45)
About the Braves:
Batting: Brian McCann is hitting .310 (9-for-29) against the Phillies this season, including six home runs in seven games, to go along with 16 RBIs. Chipper Jones went 2-for-4 with a double Sunday vs. the Astros to make him 41-for-114 (.360) since June 19, with 14 doubles, five home runs and 23 RBIs in 32 games. Freddie Freeman is 12-for-28 (.429) with two doubles and five RBIs in his past seven games.
Pitching: After giving up only one earned run in 18 innings in his first three starts with the Braves, Sheets gave up four runs (three earned) in a 4-2 loss his last time out against the Marlins. All four of his earned runs allowed have come in the first inning. Sheets limited the Phillies to one earned run in six innings of a 6-1 win at Turner Field on July 27. The Braves bullpen allowed only one earned run in 30 1/3 innings in 10 games on their last homestand.
Miscellaneous: The Braves have won six in a row against the Phillies, including a series sweep July 6-8 at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves finished their recent homestand 8-2, including a three-game sweep of the Phillies July 27-29.
About the Phillies:
Batting: Ryan Howard, who is hitting .203 in 23 games since coming off the DL (Achilles tendon), hit a walk-off RBI single Sunday vs. Arizona. After getting only four hits in their previous 27 at-bats with runners in scoring position, the Phillies went 5-for-11 with RISP in Sunday’s 5-4 win. Jimmy Rollins is 0-for-13 after hitting three home runs in two games Tuesday and Wednesday. The Phillies have hit 23 home runs in 21 games since the All-Star break. Domonic Brown is hitting .278 in six games since his July 31st call-up from Triple-A.
Pitching: Worley won his last start 3-2 against the Nationals after allowing only two unearned runs in seven innings. The Phillies have won three of his past four starts, the only exception being a six-run six-inning outing against the Giants on July 20. He faced the Braves July 8, took a no-decision in a 4-3 loss to Jair Jurrjens after allowing three runs in six innings, including a Dan Uggla home run.
Miscellaneous: Shane Victorino (Dodgers), Hunter Pence (Giants) and Joe Blanton (Dodgers) have been traded since the Braves last saw the Phillies and swept them in a weekend series before the trade deadline. Catcher Carlos Ruiz went on the disabled list Saturday with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. The Phillies are 23-30 at Citizens Bank Park this season but sold out their 257th straight regular season game on Sunday.
- Carroll Rogers