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