Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves Series Preview

The Braves need to pick up wins against the Phillies to keep the smiles coming.

Well, this is it ladies and gentlemen.

After losing two of three to the Washington Nationals and seeing its wild card lead shrink to one game, Atlanta welcomes the Phillies to Turner Field for a regular season ending three-game series. 

Since clinching the National League East, Philadelphia has gone 1-9, mainly using a mix and matched lineup at the plate. They used their full lineup for the first time since clinching on Sunday, and broke out of their offensive slump with nine runs and 19 hits against the New York Mets.

So, here's where it stands: A one-game lead with three games against the Phillies while the surging Cardinals play three against the cellar dwelling Houston Astros. Should be a very interesting week in Braves country. 

Pitching match-ups after the jump.

Monday September 26, 7:10 PM EDT


Cliff Lee

#33 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

190

L

L

Aug 30, 1978



Randall Delgado

#40 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

200

R

R

Feb 09, 1990


 

Tuesday September 27, 7:10 PM EDT


Roy Oswalt

#44 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-0

190

R

R

Aug 29, 1977



Derek Lowe

#32 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-6

230

R

R

Jun 01, 1973


 

Wednesday September 28th, 7:10 PM EDT

Johnny Wholestaff 


Tim Hudson

#15 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-1

175

R

R

Jul 14, 1975


This matchup could change. The Phillies will have a bullpen game of sorts, where it looks like a mixture of Worley, Hamels, and the Philly pen could throw. For Atlanta, if it clinches the wildcard before this game, you could see either Tommy Hanson or Jair Jurrjens starting here if either one of them is deemed healthy enough.

Series Outlook:

Who knows. Bottom line, Atlanta needs to win games and the rest will take care of itself. The final playoff push starts now. 

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