Friday, September 18, 2009

Phillies at Braves: September 18th through September 20th

Friday 7:30, Saturday 7:00, Sunday 1:30

Records: Phillies 85-60, 1st Place in the NL East (7½ games ahead of the Braves); Braves 78-68, 2nd Place in NL East (7½ games behind the Phillies)
Magic Number: 10. The Braves are now ahead of the Marlins by a half game in the standings and the Marlins are one game back in the loss column. If the Phils sweep the Braves this weekend, and if the Marlins lose their weekend series with the Reds, it's conceivable the Phillies could clinch in Milwaukee next weekend. The goal should be to win every game, go for home field advantage in the Playoffs and make the final series of the season against the Marlins (October 2-4) completely meaningless. We have tickets on October 3rd, and I'd like nothing more than to see Paul Hoover, Miguel Cairo and Andy Tracy in the Phillies' starting line-up that day.
Phillies Probables: J.A. Happ, Pedro Martinez, Cliff Lee
Braves Probables: Tim Hudson, Javier Vazquez, Tommy Hanson

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