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Can they secure home-field advantage for the playoffs?

Chris Gardner

The Braves begin their last regular season series tonight with four game set at home vs. the Phillies. The Braves dropped a half game below the Cardinals to the 2 seed for the postseason with the loss last night but currently have a 2 game lead over the Dodgers on the 3 seed.

David Hale makes his second career start tonight after pitching five shutout innings with nine strikeouts and one walk in his major league debut on Sept. 13. After that, the probable playoff rotation order (Medlen, Minor, Teheran) will be on display in their final tuneups before postseason play begins.

The Braves have won four of their six home games against the Phillies so far this season, but they did get swept in Philadelphia earlier this month. It sure would be nice to win the series, secure home-field advantage for both the NLDS and NLCS, and feel confident going into the playoffs.

Probable Pitchers:

Thursday, September 26, 7:10 p.m. ET on SportsSouth


Tyler Cloyd

#50 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

210

R

R

May 16, 1987




David Hale

#62 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-2

205

R

R

Sep 27, 1987


Friday, September 27, 7:35 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South


Cliff Lee

#33 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-3

205

L

L

Aug 30, 1978



Kris Medlen

#54 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

5-10

190

B

R

Oct 07, 1985


Saturday, September 28, 7:10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South

Starter for Philadelphia TBA


Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-4

205

R

L

Dec 26, 1987


Sunday, September 29, 1:35 p.m. ET on FOX Sports South


Zach Miner

#45 / Pitcher / Philadelphia Phillies

6-4

225

R

R

Mar 12, 1982



Julio Teheran

#49 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-2

175

R

R

Jan 27, 1991