Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Game 121 Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (53-66) at Atlanta Braves (73-47)

Pitching Probables:
LHP John Lannan (PHI) 3-5, 4.81 ERA
RHP Brandon Beachy (ATL) 1-0, 5.00 ERA

Tonight's Starting Lineups (7:10 pm ET, SportSouth):

Phillies (career vs. Beachy):
Jimmy Rollins - SS (4-17, 2B)
Michael Young - 1B (0-2, BB)
Chase Utley - 2B (2-14, RBI, 2 K)
Domonic Brown - LF (2-3, K)
Darin Ruf - RF (1-3)
Cody Asche - 3B (0-2, BB, K)
John Mayberry Jr. - CF (2-6, HR, 2 RBI, K)
Carlos Ruiz - C (6-13, 3 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB)
John Lannan - P (0-1, K)

Braves (career vs. Lannan):
Jason Heyward - RF (1-11, 3 BB, K)
Justin Upton - LF (3-13, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K)
Freddie Freeman - 1B (7-19, 2B, 3 RBI, BB. 6 K)
Evan Gattis - C (0-2)
Chris Johnson - 3B (3-6, 2B, RBI, BB, K)
Tyler Pastornicky - 2B (N/A)
BJ Upton - CF (0-2)
Paul Janish - SS (1-6, 2B)
Brandon Beachy - P (0-1)

Tonight's Braves starter Brandon Beachy knows he's still a work in progress as he takes the mound against the Phillies in his fourth start back from Tommy John surgery, fully aware he is not completely comfortable with all of his pitches.
Beachy also knows that there are better days ahead as he showed in his last start against the Marlins. He allowed just three hits in eight shutout innings to earn his first win since his return. He commanded his fastball and changeup well and still needs to improve the location of his curveball.
Taking the mound for the Phillies will be left-hander John Lannan, who unlike Beachy, struggled with his command in his first start at Nationals Park since joining the Phillies. Lannan allowed eight runs on nine hits in five innings, and walked a season-high five batters.

Phillies notes:
Cole Hamels is 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts since the end of June. With that ERA, he ranks 10th among qualified pitchers in that span.
Phillies will play 25 of their next 35 games at home after their current road trip concludes.
Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are second among active middle infielders in games played together at 1,037 games, behind the combination of Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano (1,039 games).

Braves notes:
Braves lead the Majors in comeback wins this season with 38.
In 17 games since Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez moved Jason Heyward to the leadoff spot, he's hitting .381 with 18 runs and 11 RBIs and has nine multi-hit games in that span, including two more hits in last night's 3-1 win over the Phillies.
Braves have had great success against the Phillies as of late, winning 19 of the last 29 meetings between the two clubs.
Braves are 18-4 in their last 22 games.

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