Series preview: Braves at Phillies

Series preview: Braves at Phillies

When (TV): 7:05 p.m. Friday (WPCH), 4:05 p.m. Saturday (Fox), 1:35 p.m. Sunday (FSSO).

Radio: 680, 93.7, 100.5

Probable starting pitchers:

Friday: Braves RH Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33 ERA) vs. RH Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95)

Saturday: Braves LH Mike Minor (9-10, 4.31) vs. RH Roy Halladay (10-7, 4.03)

Sunday: Braves RH Tim Hudson (15-6, 3.77) vs. LH Cliff Lee (6-7, 3.27)

About the Braves:

Batting:.Chipper Jones has hit .332 with 49 homers, 151 RBIs and a 1.041 OPS in 243 games vs. the Phillies, including .325 with three homers and seven RBIs in 11 games this season. The homer total matches his output vs. the Mets as his most against any team, and includes two walk-off homers this year…. Dan Uggla is 13-for-41 (.317) with two homers, eight RBIs, eight strikeouts and a .440 OBP in his past 12 games, after batting .151 with seven homers, 27 RBIs, 90 strikeouts and a .299 OBP in 77 games over a three-month span through Aug. 6.

Pitching: Hanson is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA and .281 opponents’ average in his past six starts, and the Braves scored two or fewer runs while he was in all six of them, including one or no runs in four. He’s 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his past seven starts against the Phillies, and 1-0 with a 5.91 ERA in two this season. After allowing four runs in 3-2/3 innings for no decision May 5 in Philadelphia, he gave up three runs in seven innings and won July 7 in Atlanta…. Against the Phillies, Minor is 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA in five games (four starts), and Hudson is 9-9 with a 3.92 ERA in 26 starts.

Miscellaneous: Brian McCann has six homers and 17 RBIs in 11 games vs. the Phillies this season. After hitting .155 with no extra-base hits and two RBIs in 24 games through Sept. 7, McCann is 10-for-28 (.357) with two doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in his past eight games…. The Braves are 10-5 against the Phillies and 5-1 at Philadelphia. They are 9-3 with a 3.33 ERA and 61 runs in their past 12 games against the Phillies…. Against Kendrick, Michael Bourn is 7-for-14 with two homers; Martin Prado is 8-for-17 with a homer, and Jones is 8-for-26 with two homers.

About the Phillies:

Batting: Jimmy Rollins had a .333 average with seven homers and 12 RBIs in 17 games in September before Thursday, and was 12-for-30 (.400) with five homers, eight RBIs and five stolen bases in five attempts in his past eight games…. Ryan Howard was 12-for-65 (.185) with one homer and 18 strikeouts in 17 September games before Thursday, albeit with 14 RBIs. The homer was a go-ahead two-run shot in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s 3-2 win at New York…. Before homering off Mets lefty Josh Edgin on Wednesday, Howard had 38 strikeouts in 80 at bats against left-handers this season.

Pitching: Kendrick is 5-3 with a 3.13 ERA in nine starts since moving back from the bullpen, including 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA and .199 opponents’ average in his past seven. He has 37 strikeouts and only seven walks in 47-1/3 innings in the latter period. Against the Braves, Kendrick is 6-1 with a 2.87 ERA in 18 games (12 starts), including two dramatically different ones this season. He threw seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball against them July 6, but gave up six runs and seven hits in 3-1/3 innings on Aug. 8. He got no decision in either game, both won by the Braves…. Against the Braves, Halladay is 4-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 10 games (nine starts), and Lee is 4-3 with a 3.36 ERA in nine starts.

Miscellaneous: The Phillies were 18-7 with a 2.96 ERA in their past 25 games before Thursday night’s series finale at New York. They are 11-2 in their past 13 home games, and have a 2.29 ERA in a current seven-game home winning streak. Before Thursday they were 3-3 on a seven-game trip vs. the Astros and Mets…. Howard is 2-for-15 with a homer and eight strikeouts against Hanson, the only Phillie with a homer against him.

By David O’Brien

28 comments Add your comment

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 20th, 2012
5:28 pm

Minor is cursed by the schedule… he is seemingly always paired up vs the staff aces.

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
6:13 pm

All the Braves have to do, is play like the Astros.

reckingball

September 20th, 2012
6:19 pm

I would just as soon(almost would rather) have the Braves play against these Philly pitchers, as I would have them go against some of those nobodies just brought up from the minors, or some of those pitchers that have lost 7 0r 8 in a row prior to going against the Braves.

jim

September 20th, 2012
6:49 pm

This year Minor has the most favorable matchup of the three.

wayne

September 20th, 2012
7:26 pm

Better get Hanson a bunch of runs, the way he hangs those sliders and curve balls he will need them. He will probably be the odd man out come playoff time, hoping they get past the wild card play.

Puma

September 20th, 2012
8:35 pm

Agreed reckingball, we can handle the established aces, its those no names that always seem to kill us.

BravesBanter31

September 20th, 2012
8:38 pm

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ChipperisGod

September 20th, 2012
8:53 pm

Going to be a tough series. We own the Doc lately, but Lee will be tough, and I’m sure Halladay will still be a beast despite his struggles against us. Kendrick has pitched well recently. Gotta try and go for the sweep here if we can, nothing below two of three is acceptable. We also can use this as a chance to knock the Phillies out for good if we take the series. I know one thing, I do not want to face Charlie Manuel in a one game series.

No. 1 Braves Fan

September 20th, 2012
9:30 pm

@8:35 “we can handle the established aces”
What about Cole Hamels? Braves are lucky they don`t face him this time.

Tumbledown

September 20th, 2012
10:26 pm

Ok, this will be my official last post. I mentioned on another blog that some idiot has used my name to make postings. I guess there is nothing DOB can do to monitor this.

I am sure many of you either do not care or are thrilled. I apologize if my posts were not that funny or were too preachy. I am sure Thomas Brown got sick of reading my posts. I have enjoyed reading many of everyone’s posts. Please continue being positive and objective reckingball, jim, longtimefan, PaulG, Chipperisgod, and many others. Any future posts with my name will be by that clown. Let us all hope that the Braves do something special this year. This really is adios!!

David O'Brien

September 21st, 2012
12:21 am

Tumbledown, this is the first I’ve seen of the other guy using your name. You’ve got to direct this stuff to me by name, because I don’t read every comment, usually just the ones with my name or DOB in them.

The guy has now been banned.

brian in roswell

September 21st, 2012
12:56 am

Tip O' the Cap

September 21st, 2012
2:03 am

DOB the Enforcer! Nice.

bill

September 21st, 2012
5:08 am

tumbledown hang on you can say whatever you want

Teddy B

September 21st, 2012
5:38 am

Looks like we’re the wild card #1, I was hoping we could avoid this 1 game do or die thing but at least we have a shot. Pitch Medlen, he’s the best pitcher in the entire MLB since the All Star break. Don’t pee around w/ Huddy he’s good but blows up once in awhile. Go with the hot hand.

Old Braves Fan

September 21st, 2012
8:52 am

Someone mentioned about going up against the best pitchers on the opposing teams and doling better than with rookies or those with awful records. That is so true and if you go back 20-30 years you will find that has been true over the years. The sure fire way to beat the Braves is to use a rookie pitcher or one with an awful record. This weeks lone loss to the Marlins is a perfect example, Braves hitters looked like they were rookies and had never hit big league pitching

Tumbledown

September 21st, 2012
9:59 am

Thanks so much, DOB. I thought I had directed this matter to you in my 4:06 p.m. posting in the Braves Quote blog of September 17. Regardless, I appreciate your attention to the matter as I know you are little bit busy with more important matters.

Please everyone. Disagree with me, Criticise me. Even hurl insults at me. Just do not impersonate me or others on this blog.

Tumbledown

September 21st, 2012
10:04 am

By way of clarification, it was the quote blog written by Carroll afer the Sept. 16 game.

[...] Series preview: Braves at Phillies [...]

Ray

September 21st, 2012
11:23 am

DOB, any word on the shoulder of Janish? If you already posted I missed it.

David O'Brien

September 21st, 2012
12:20 pm

DOB, any word on the shoulder of Janish? If you already posted I missed it.

Braves official told me last night we’d find out today. After clubhouse opens at 3:30, I’d expect.

David O'Brien

September 21st, 2012
12:21 pm

By the way, “The Shoulder of Janish” sounds like a good band name.

BravesBanter.com

September 21st, 2012
12:57 pm

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BravesBanter.com

September 21st, 2012
12:57 pm

“The Finest Farewell of All” A Tribute to Chipper Jones, and why he is the MOST Important Brave of the last 20 years…. >>>>>BravesBanter.com<<<<<

technut

September 21st, 2012
3:06 pm

This is a real Peyton Place around here.

southgabrave

September 21st, 2012
3:23 pm

Welcome back Tumblewood

No one ever agrees with everyone else all the time Discussion is a good thing. Why would anyone not speak for themselves instead of imperoanating someone else.

southgabrave

September 21st, 2012
3:24 pm

impersonating

[...] •Tonight’s matchup: It’s Tommy Hanson (12-8, 4.33) against Phillies righty Kyle Kendrick (9-11, 3.95). It and the rest of the pitching matchups for the series are in this preview. [...]

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