Tonight in MLB: Braves go for sweep of Cards

Tonight in MLB: Braves go for sweep of Cards
July 28, 2013, 9:15 am
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The Braves have not swept the Cardinals in Atlanta in more than 10 years. (USA Today Images)

The Phillies lost their seventh game in a row Saturday night and fell to a season-worst six games under .500 in a miserable 10-0 loss to the Tigers.

The Phils will wrap up their three-game series in Detroit on Sunday afternoon behind rookie pitcher Jonathan Pettibone.

Here are a few other games to keep an eye on:

Cardinals at Braves, 8:05 p.m.
The St. Louis Cardinals haven't been swept on the road all season and haven't been swept in Atlanta in more than 10 years.

The NL's best offense hasn't gotten untracked this weekend, but could enjoy a favorable matchup against the Atlanta Braves' struggling Kris Medlen in Sunday night's series finale.

St. Louis (62-39) leads the league with 496 runs but has scored one through the first two games of this set. The Cardinals' six hits over consecutive games are their lowest total for an offense batting an NL-best .275.

Yadier Molina's second-inning homer in Friday's 4-1 defeat has been followed by 16 scoreless innings at the plate. Julio Teheran and two relievers combined on a two-hitter in Atlanta's 2-0 victory on Saturday.

The Cardinals have dropped four straight in the regular season at Turner Field, where they won 6-3 in last year's NL wild-card playoff - a loss that still stings for the Braves (see full preview).

Brewers at Rockies, 4:10 p.m.
Corey Hart won't play this season, Ryan Braun's 2013 is over and now All-Star shortstop Jean Segura's status is in question just when he started to look comfortable in his new spot in the order.

It's been one of those years for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Still, they can win their first series in Denver in eight seasons Sunday in their finale against the Colorado Rockies.

With Hart (knee) sidelined the entire season and Braun suspended for the final 65 games, the Brewers (43-60) don't seem to have much to look forward to for the remainder of 2013 (see full preview).

Angels at Athletics, 4:05 p.m.
No AL pitcher has limited opponents to a lower average since May 28 than Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics has over his last 10 starts.

While things went right for Oakland in the first half of that stretch, they haven't since.

The Athletics have dropped Parker's last five starts heading into Sunday's home matchup with a Los Angeles Angels club that will be without Albert Pujols.

Parker (6-6, 3.79 ERA) is 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA over his last 10 starts with an opponent batting average of .175 - the best in the league since May 28 (see full preview).

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