Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Series Preview

As Joe Simpson would say, the Braves are hotter than a dancing bobcat right now. Following an awesome four game sweep of the Rockies, the Braves roll into Philadelphia to close out the ceremonial first "half" against a team with which we are all very familiar. Rest assured, the fans there at Citizens Bank Park will be on their best behavior and with the Braves coming to town, the Phillies will finally get the long-awaited media attention that they deserve.

All kidding aside, baseball fans like us have the Phillies shoved down out throats on a daily basis. I think I speak for us all when I say there is nothing I would enjoy more than to see the Bravos trounce them right into second place with a three-game sweep in Philly (feel free to comment with things you would enjoy seeing more). Sitting just 2.5 games back, the Braves could overtake first place if they were to win all three in the series. Although this is not the likeliest of all possible outcomes, I certainly believe it could happen if the Braves' staff does what it has been doing all season.

So far this season, the Braves have gone 5-4 against the Philadelphia ball club and have gained ground on the first place club as of late. On June 18th, the Braves sat six games back of Philadelphia, but have gone 14-3 since, to make up 3.5 on the Phils. While the Braves will inevitably have to contend with the Phillies all season, it would be great to pick up at least a game on them in the standings with two of three this weekend.

I'm not much of an investigative stat guy. This is not because I don't have the interest or desire to be, but because I have neither the time nor the inner wiring (intelligence) to get that sort of thing figured out. So by using words, I can tell you what you already know: the Braves' pitching staff is ever so slightly better than that of the Phillies on the whole and their bats are ever so slightly less potent. The Phillies' one primary area of weakness may just be their bullpen. Unfortunately, the Braves may not see a whole lot of that 'pen if the three starters that they face do their usual thing. Just take a look at those innings pitched stats for the Phillies' big three. Pretty stout.

Friday 7:05 EDT


Brandon Beachy

#37 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

215

R

R

Sep 03, 1986

 

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brandon Beachy 3-1 11 11 0 0 0 0 61.1 50 23 22 8 15 72 3.23 1.06


Roy Halladay

#34 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-6

230

R

R

May 14, 1977

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Roy Halladay 11-3 18 18 6 0 0 0 136.1 123 38 37 8 17 131 2.44 1.03

 

Saturday 4:10 EDT


Tommy Hanson

#48 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-6

220

R

R

Aug 28, 1986

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Tommy Hanson 10-4 16 16 0 0 0 0 96.1 66 30 27 8 34 103 2.52 1.04


Cliff Lee

#33 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

190

L

L

Aug 30, 1978

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Cliff Lee 9-6 20 18 4 4 0 0 129.1 113 44 42 11 27 128 2.92 1.08

 

Sunday 1:35 EDT


Derek Lowe

#32 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-6

230

R

R

Jun 01, 1973

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Derek Lowe 5-6 19 19 0 0 0 0 107.0 105 51 50 7 41 80 4.21 1.36


Cole Hamels

#35 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

195

L

L

Dec 27, 1983

 


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Cole Hamels 10-4 18 18 1 0 0 0 124.0 96 33 33 7 22 115 2.40 .95

 

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