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Braves @ Phillies Preview: Atlanta goes for sweep with Casey Kelly

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With a win today, the Braves would have their second series sweep this season.

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After taking the first two games in a three-game series in Philadelphia, The Braves are a win away from their second series sweep this season, with their first coming in mid April when they took three against the Marlins. On the mound to try and get the job done is Casey Kelly, who was promoted following Saturday's game to take Aaron Blair's spot in the rotation.

Kelly has thrown three innings of relief for the Braves this season (he allowed one run in a 3-6 loss to the Mets on April 22) but this will be his first Major League start since last October when he was with the Padres. In seven games (five starts) with Triple-A Gwinnett this year, Kelly has posted a 2.63 ERA while striking out 29 batters and walking 20.

If you aren't too familiar with Kelly, he was formerly a top prospect with the Boston Red Sox and the San Diego Padres. He was a top-100 prospect in the game for four straight years according to Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus before having Tommy John surgery in 2013. Basically, Kelly is the pitcher who Braves fans love to joke about on Twitter on a regular basis.

He'll be matching up with Jerad Eickhoff, who has thankfully cooled off from the pitcher he was during his first three starts of the season where he allowed just four earned runs over 19 innings to post a 1.89 ERA. Since then, he's posted a 6.18 ERA in five starts, including a game against the Braves where he allowed seven hits, four runs and a home run (!?) to Freddie Freeman in a 5-1 Braves win.

Considering the fact that the Braves have hit nine homers in their last six games and the Phillies have lost seven of their last nine to Atlanta, this looks like a promising day to get that second sweep. As promising as you can get with this year's team at least.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 22, 1:35 p.m. ET

Location: Citizens Bank Park

TV: Fox Sports South

Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, 680 AM/93.7 FM