Friday, July 8, 2011

Braves at Phillies: July 8th through July 10th

Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA
Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:10, Sunday 1:35

Braves 53-36, 2nd Place in N.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Phillies
Phillies 55-33, 1st Place in N.L. East, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

So Far in 2011:  The Braves won two out of three when these teams first faced each other in Atlanta back in mid-May.  Since then, they've been the hottest team in baseball and they have the best road record in the National League at 25-18.  This should be fun.

Know Your Enemy: Manager - Fredi Gonzalez
Starters - Brian McCann (c), Freddie Freeman (1b), Dan Uggla (2b), Chipper Jones (3b), Alex Gonzalez (ss), Nate McLouth (lf), Jordan Schafer (cf), Jason Heyward (rf)
Rotation - Jair Jurrjens (rhp), Tim Hudson (rhp), Brandon Beachy (rhp), Tommy Hanson (rhp), Derek Lowe (rhp)
Bench - David Ross (c), Brooks Conrad (inf), Eric Hinske (inf), Julio Lugo (inf), Jordan Schafer (of)
Closer - Craig Kimbrel (rhp)
Bullpen - Cory Gearrin (rhp), Scott Linebrink (rhp), Eric O'Flaherty (lhp), Scott Proctor (rhp), George Sherrill (lhp), Johnny Venters (lhp)
Disabled List - Kris Medlen (rhp), Peter Moylan (rhp), Martin Prado (lf)

At the Ballpark:  Saturday afternoon is Photo Day when fans will be permitted to mill about the field, behind a roped off area, and take pictures of the players as they briskly walk by.  All fans will also receive a 2011 Phillies team photo.  If you're going to this game, and if you happen to have an unwanted extra team photo, I'd gladly take it off your hands.  And I'd then say pleasant and complimentary things about you on this very blog.

Braves Probables: Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.23), Tommy Hanson (10-4, 2.52), Derek Lowe (5-6, 4.21)
Phillies Probables: Roy Halladay (11-3, 2.44), Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.92), Cole Hamels (10-4, 2.40)

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