The Phillies (11-12) will once again look to get back to the .500 mark this evening as they kick off a string of important NL East games in Atlanta tonight as they take on the Braves (14-9) at Turner Field. Fancy cocktail drinker Cole Hamels (3-1, 2.73) takes on right-hander Brandon Beachy (2-1, 1.05) for the Bravos.
The Phils are currently 3 games behind Atlanta who is a half game back of Washington for the division lead. Those pesky Mets are also 2 games up on the Phils, so winning the next two series against the Braves and Nats could really boost their division standing.
Hamels has been stellar this season and is coming off an 8-inning performance against the Diamondbacks in which he allowed only 4 hits and 2 earned with 7 strikeouts. He had retired 18-straight batters at one point and helped the Phils to a 7-2 victory. He also has solid career numbers against the Braves, 11-6 lifetime and 2-1 last season. The last time he faced them the Fightins won a blowout by the score of 14-1. Remember when the Phillies could put up 14 runs in a week -- let alone one game?
Colbert is also batting .300 on the season so he'll certainly try to do his part to help his own cause.
On the transaction front: David Herndon was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow injury and right-hander Brian Sanches had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley to take Hern Dog's spot on the 25-man roster.
Jimmy Rollins strung together a couple of hits last night and will once again find himself in Charlie Manuel's leadoff spot. Placido Polanco has also been picking it up at the dish -- more on Polly's recent turnaround here.
7:10 from Hotlanta. Gonna be one busy night in Philly sports. Go team.
Lineup at ATL. Rollins ss. Polanco 3b. Vic cf. Pence rf. Wigg 1b. Nix lf. Ruiz c. Galvis 2b. Hamels vs. RHP Beachy
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