The Phillies lost again Friday night, falling 6-2 to the lowly Colorado Rockies (see Instant Replay). Cliff Lee took his sixth loss, the team came up short for the 11th time in 12 games, and Charlie Manuel was not happy afterward (see story).
The Phils will look to snap the skid Saturday night at Coors Field, when Vance Worley will take the hill against the Rockies' Jeremy Guthrie (see game notes).
Meanwhile, the team has yet to lock up Cole Hamels, though Ruben Amaro insists the Phils' goal is to sign him long term (see story).
Here's what's going on around the division on the first Saturday of the second half:
Mets at Braves, 4:05 p.m.
After pitching a scoreless inning in the All-Star Game, Mets ace R.A. Dickey will lead the Mets against Tommy Hanson and the Braves at Turner Field.
Dickey (12-1, 2.40 ERA), who leads in WHIP and is tied for the lead in wins, will look to become baseballs first 13-game winner. He hasnt lost since April 18, coincidentally at Atlanta, when he allowed eight runs in 4 13 innings. He is 0-2 with a 6.92 ERA in seven career games at Turner Field.
Hanson (10-5, 3.71) has won six of his last seven decisions, but he has taken two losses at the hands of the Mets already this year. Hes also struggled this season at home, where he is 3-3 with a 4.63 ERA as opposed to 7-2 with a 3.00 ERA on the road.
After missing the Braves 7-5 win Friday, Brian McCann expects to return from paternity leave on Saturday. He was red hot before the break, hitting .421 with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last five games.
Nationals at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
It may be tough to believe, but its July 14 and Washington still boasts the best record in the National League. Saturday night against the Marlins, the Nats will look to build upon their division lead and go for win No. 51 in Miami.
Two-time All-Star Gio Gonzalez (12-3, 2.92) takes the ball for Washington. A winner in four straight starts, Gonzalez also possesses a strikeout rate of 10.45 per nine, second in the league only to teammate Stephen Strasburg.
Mark Buehrle (8-8, 3.25) goes for the Marlins. The 33-year-old has been streaky all season but is hot right now with a three-game winning streak. Over that span, he has yielded just two runs in 21 23 innings, striking out 22 and walking three. Before the streak began, he had lost four in a row.
Miami will be without its only All-Star, Giancarlo Stanton, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list after undergoing knee surgery.