PHI: 11-12, 4th in NL East; ATL: 14-9, 2nd in NL East
When: May 1-3
Where: Turner Field (Atlanta, GA)
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73) vs Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05)
Wednesday: Roy Halladay (3-2, 1.95) vs Tommy Hanson (3-2, 3.00)
Thursday: Joe Blanton (2-3, 3.81) vs Randall Delgado (2-2, 6.30)
Tuesday, 7:10, TCN
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
Thursday, 12:10, CSN
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Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Player to Watch – 1B Freddie Freeman (.273, 4 HR, 18 RBI): Freeman is having a typical start for the young left-handed hitter. He leads the the team with four home runs and 18 RBIs, adding a .273 average and .791 OPS to start out the season. Freeman will go into dry spells at the plate but he will also go into tears and has the ability to change a game with a big extra-base hit.
Series Overview: The Phillies are in for a very important series in which they would like to win at least two games against the Braves. Atlanta is only half a game out of first while the Phils rest 3.5 behind the Nationals. With Atlanta, then Washington next up on the Phillies’ schedules, they have a shot at gaining some ground within the division.
First up is Atlanta, who has won six of their last 10 games and seems to be in an inconsistent patch.
Batting leaders for the Braves include Freeman (.273, 4 HR, 18 RBI), Dan Uggla (.271, 3 HR, 15 RBI) and the speedy Michael Bourn (.337 average and .400 OBP from the lead off). Bourn is a threat to steal bases as well, though he’s been caught four times and is second to Jason Heyward’s perfect 8-for-8 in steal attempts.
The Phillies finished up a four-game set with the lowly Cubs in which they split. They are hoping to gain ground on some teams in the East, and will do so riding their pitching.
Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay will start the first two games of the series against two of the Braves best young arms in Brandon Beachy and Tommy Hanson. The third game will feature Joe Blanton vs Randall Delgado, two pitchers who could give way to some offense though Blanton has been getting better with every start.