PHI: 37-47, 5th in NL East; ATL: 43-39, 3rd in NL East
When: July 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (2-8, 5.35) vs Tim Hudson (6-4, 3.87)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (7-7, 4.85) vs Tommy Hanson (9-5, 3.70)
Sunday: Vance Worley (4-5, 3.46) vs Jair Jurrjens (2-2, 5.19)
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 7:15, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
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Player to Watch – CF Michael Bourn: Bourn has been the team’s best all-around player, hitting .307 with a team high 106 hits, six triples as well as 17 doubles, seven homers and 32 RBIs this season. He’s also stolen a team high 23 bases.
Series Overview: The Phillies are getting a huge boost back with Ryan Howard’s triumphant return to the lineup. The lineup hasn’t been released yet but Howard will be in it.
For the Phillies, they have to at least win this series heading into the All-Star Break. 10 games under .500 and 13 games out of first place at the break is an absolute disgrace.
But once this team is fully healthy with Roy Halladay’s possible return in a few short weeks, there should be absolutely no excuse why the team can’t start winning ball games again.
It all starts with the Braves, who have a very strong team that’s only four games over .500 and six back of the Nats for first place. The Phillies and Braves have met only once so far this season with the Phils taking the series, 2-1.
The Braves offense has been solid, sitting ninth in all of baseball in runs scored and 12th in average. The Phils are 14th in runs and eighth in average.
Other hitters on Atlanta that could be dangerous include Martin Prado (.325 average, 22 doubles, 35 RBIs), Chipper Jones (.317 average, six homers, 33 RBIs), Jason Heyward (.273 average, 14 homers, 41 RBIs), Dan Uggla (.225 average, 11 homers, 45 RBIs) and Freddie Freeman (.259 average, 11 homers, 48 RBIs).
An epic comeback in the standings starts this series. The Phils just have to hope they didn’t dig themselves in too deep of a hole.