Next for Braves: Philadelphia Phillies

Series preview: vs. Phillies

When (TV): 7:35 p.m. Friday (WPCH), 4:05 p.m. Saturday (FOX), 5:05 p.m. Sunday (FSSO)

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves LH Mike Minor (7-10, 4.71 ERA) vs. RH Roy Halladay (8-7, 3.88)

Saturday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (13-4, 3.57) vs. LH Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67)

Sunday: Braves LH Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.44) vs. LH Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.99)

About the Braves:

Batting: Jason Heyward went 0-for-his-last-10 on the road trip, after going 12-for-29 (.414) with four home runs and eight RBIs to start it. Michael Bourn went 5-for-35 (.143) on the trip. Brian McCann showed signs of regaining form, going 9-for-28 (.321). The Braves will face two more lefties in this series, extending their major-league lead to 53 games against left-handed starters. They are 24-27 in those games. They will have faced seven left-handers in 11 games.

Pitching: Minor won for the first time in four starts his last time out, 7-3 over the Giants, largely because the Braves finally scored him some runs. They had scored only one run in his previous three starts and he lost all three despite allowing only seven earned runs in 20 innings (3.15 ERA). One of those starts came against the Phillies on Aug. 7, when Minor gave up three runs in the first inning and lost 3-0 when Cole Hamels pitched a complete game shutout.

Miscellaneous: Since breaking up their eight-game losing streak to the Phillies on May 2, the Braves have gone 8-2 against the Phillies. The Braves are 9-3 in the series this year overall, after going 37-53 in the five previous seasons against the five-time champions of the NL East.

About the Phillies:

Batting: Jimmy Rollins was 8-for-23 in his past seven games, with three doubles, one homer and six RBIs. Rollins was 4-for-12 with a home run and two doubles against the Braves Aug. 6-8 and scored runs in the first inning in two of the three games. John Mayberry Jr. is 10-for-25 (.400) with a double, a home run and four RBIs in his past seven games, including a three-hit game Thursday against the Mets.

Pitching: Halladay gave up three runs, including home runs by Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones, in a 6-2 loss in Atlanta on July 29. Since then, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in five starts, while allowing two home runs. He held the Nationals to two runs in seven innings of a 4-2 win his last start on Saturday. Hamels was scratched from Wednesday’s start against the Mets with gastrointestinal illness but returns Sunday. At 14-6, he’s one win shy of tying his career-high.

Miscellaneous: The Phillies are 16-12 in August, giving them their first winning month since going 16-13 in May. They’ve won five of seven, including a three-game sweep of the Nationals. Chase Utley took a few ground balls at third base Wednesday and is toying with the idea of moving there from second base next season.

- Carroll Rogers

34 comments Add your comment

dean

August 30th, 2012
4:10 pm

Thanks Carroll.

Wow. Halladay, Lee and Hamels.

This is going to be a tough weekend. I hope the Braves bats wake up.

George Washington

August 30th, 2012
4:31 pm

So do I dean. Let’s hope fredi g. tries a different line-up in hopes of a more consistent offense. A more run-scoring offense that is. The line-ups he’s been using have been cosistently low scoring.

Brandon

August 30th, 2012
4:47 pm

fredi’s definitely been mixing up the lineups, but the players need to hit in order for any of them to work.

Tough series ahead, but i think the day off will help. Bring out the brooms. Go Braves!

jmart1951

August 30th, 2012
5:10 pm

I believe that the Braves have a tougher schedule than the Nationals until the middle of September when they play the Nats. After that it appears that the Nats have the tougher schedule. If the Braves could be no more than 4 games back when they meet the Nats in mid Sept then I believe they have a decent chance of catching them by season’s end.

If the Braves are over four games back when they meet the Nats, and they easily could be, then I believe the Nats have the Division and the Braves are playing for a widlcard spot

JNick

August 30th, 2012
5:24 pm

Braves have 3 vs the Nats and 3 vs the Pirates, every other remaining game is against a sub-.500 team

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Dum-Bass

August 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

“JNick”, sorry to burst your theoretic bubble but the SD Padres were a sub-500 team and how did that work out? That does not mean diddly and the Braves prove that almost weekly.

Cold Case

August 30th, 2012
5:39 pm

@Dum-Bass Those Padres have won 9 of their last 10 against playoff contenders and were 18-8 in the month of August,,, Shame we weren’y 18-8 in August…

Cold Case

August 30th, 2012
5:40 pm

@Dum-Bass Those Padres have won 9 of their last 10 against playoff contenders and were 18-8 in the month of August,,, Shame we weren’t 18-8 in August…

Nerdville

August 30th, 2012
5:42 pm

The Braves offense played like dogs in San Diego. They should call themselves the Atlanta Bowsers. When will we quit hearing all this “we got it made because we are playing sub .500 teams” nonsense? The Phils will be motivated to make things miserable for Atlanta. I think Charlie Manuel thrives on that. They would love to sweep the Bowsers.

BravesBanter31

August 30th, 2012
5:51 pm

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Kirk

August 30th, 2012
5:54 pm

Just so you know, there are 35 trackers on this page. It should win an award for most folks trying to figure out what your doing. Thanks Carroll for the update.

Big Brother

August 30th, 2012
6:09 pm

I’m watching you.

DawgNole

August 30th, 2012
6:13 pm

Just wish we could’ve made up more ground on the Nats during their recent slump. That was the time to make a move. Gotta hope it’s not too late–and that they keep struggling.

Radney

August 30th, 2012
9:01 pm

Turn out the lights, the party is over. Maybe next year, saying for losers.

And Uggla Strikes Out

August 30th, 2012
11:52 pm

Sure wish we had Beachy.

ChipperisGod

August 31st, 2012
12:21 am

Gotta really bare down this weekend. Going to be a really tough series. Phils are hot, we are not. Gotta turn this around and try to continue our dominance against them.

Minor, Hudson and Malholm need to just do their thing, and hopefully we wake up offensively. Been killing the doc, have good success against Lee, although Hamels destroyed us last time.

Hope we take two of three and then take care of business against the Rockies. Now is the time to put it all out on the table.

Call up Gattis for September to get some right handed power. Who knows at this point, it could help get us going, and give some guys a little rest. I’ll be interested to see what Lile Overbay does as well. Guy still has some decent years left I think.

Nevada Roy

August 31st, 2012
12:57 am

“… every other remaining game is against a sub-.500 team” Too often those are the ones that give the Braves the most problems.

Rogers

August 31st, 2012
6:54 am

Why is sunday’s game starting so late?

Jimmy Baron

August 31st, 2012
8:09 am

What is with that 5 pm Sunday game???

Sports Fan of Everyting Georgia, except Teh

August 31st, 2012
8:26 am

It’s going to be a tough go, but the Braves need to get it done. The regular season is drawing to an end quickly, and if we are going to make a push they need to done it right now!!! Go Braves

What happened to Simmons?

August 31st, 2012
10:10 am

What has happened to A. Simmons????His 4-6 week recovery time has been over for at least 2 weeks!……………………Must be some kind of BRAVE’S COVERUP!

cdog

August 31st, 2012
10:30 am

will someone tell these stupid braves hitters to stop taking so many pitches and hit the pitch thrown and be prepared for all pitches? also, keep their front foot in the batter”s box, step at the pitcher, watch the ball at all times, and meet the ball with a level swing.when you take pitches, you”re giving pitcher automaticly, 2 strikes then you have to hit the pitcher”s pitch which they usually don”t listen michael bourne, which you usully don”t to nobody. not even greg walker.also freddie freeman, martin prado, jason heyward, chipper jones, dan uggla and brian mccann.mccann, study opposing hitters, you are killing the braves pitchers.

cdog

August 31st, 2012
10:37 am

will someone please tell these stupid braves hitters to stop taking so many pitches.they”re giving the opposing pitcher 2 strikes.watch the ball which means you have the hit the pitcher”s best pitch which they usually don”T especially against sorry teams., keep your front foot in and step at the pitcher and swing level and meet the ball. also, stop uppercuting.. this should be automatic now michael bourne especially, since you never listen to anyone not even greg walker.please listen freddie freeman, martin prado,jason heyward, brian mccann, dan uggla.mccann, study opposing hitters weaknesses.you are killing the braves pitchers.

Largo

August 31st, 2012
11:08 am

The braves may find the Phillies are a bit tougher than they were earlier in the year.

Largo

August 31st, 2012
11:11 am

When sub.500 teams get hot they just as tough as any team.

Sunny K

August 31st, 2012
11:47 am

DOB, any word on when Simmons will start playing in rehab games? Need him back ASAP.

BravesBanter31

August 31st, 2012
12:17 pm

BRAVES fans on TWITTER, please add me @BravesBanter31 Love talking Braves baseball during games and all day long! Keep chopping til we catch Washington!!!

stew

August 31st, 2012
12:24 pm

Braves must win the division. The one game playoff is really a crapshoot. It could really be tough against the Cards. You play the whole year just for one game.

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AZBravoFan

August 31st, 2012
1:50 pm

cdog:
Wow! That’s great insight! I’m sure Frank Wren will be calling to offer you the hitting coach job next year. I’m sure NO ONE thought of those things. Yeah, newsflash: Braves don’t hit lefties that well. That’s because they are lefty dominant. If it was so simple for lefties to hit lefties you wouldn’t have guys like Tony LaRussa walking to the mound 5 times an inning. It’s HARD. The Padres lefties pitched WELL. Could some of the Braves hitters have a little better approach at times? Sure! But try stepping in there against some of those pitchers before you start calling them out like that.

Big time Jimmy

August 31st, 2012
3:06 pm

The cards are sinking fast and may find themselves back in a dog fight for the 2nd wc. It will be tough sliding for them all weekend against the nats,thus the braves must take care of their own business vs the Phillips. Let’s be honest the Braves are not catching the Nats so they need too nail down the 1st wc to have any chance of moving on to the division series.

Largo

August 31st, 2012
3:35 pm

If we win a wild card you can bet our opponent will throw a nasty lefthander against us in the playoff game.

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