A night after winning their 14th straight Vance Worley start, the Phils aim for the sweep. Atlanta is now 9.5 games behind the Phillies in the NL East and have been outscored 15-3 thus far in the series. This Phils team is the fastest to 90 wins in franchise history. The last time they got there this quickly was back in 1977, when they eclipsed 90 wins at game #143. This year it only took them 138 games. Raul Ibanez looked great, Utley hit a bomb to center and this team just keeps showing us game after game that they have what it takes. After losing two to the Marlins, they come back and beat the Braves in two straight.
Anyways, here is how the pitching matchup looks for tonight’s 7:05pm series finale at CBP…
Brandon Beachy: 7-2, 3.37 ERA
In his last start, he gave up three runs over six innings against the Dodgers while striking out seven. Another rookie of the year thought, Beachy has started five times against the Phils and holds a record of 0-3 with an ERA of 4.50. He is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA over his last three starts ans has struck out seven or more hitters in each of his last five starts. In three starts this season against the Phils, Beachy has given up nine earned runs in 14 innings, all Phillies wins. Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez have the most AB’s against Beachy. Combined, they have two doubles, a homer and four RBI’s in 21 at-bats. Carlos Ruiz has also gone deep against Beachy. As a team, the Phils are hitting .349 against him, with no hitters having more than 11 plate appearances.
Roy Oswalt: 7-8, 3.80 ERA
Roy Oswalt has always expressed his feelings about leaving baseball. Family takes priority and he wouldn’t feel bad walking away at anytime. I now know why that is. Look at his wife! I would have retired already. Anyways, Little Roy is coming off a solid start against the Marlins, where he went 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, while striking out seven. Roy has shown signs of his good stuff, but is still not quite there yet. He is 1-3 with a 5.56 ERA against the Braves in his career but had a relatively okay start against them in his lone start this year. He gave up two runs (one earned) in six innings back in April, resulting in a 10-2 Phillies win. Roy has a 3-3 record and a 4.03 ERA at Citizens Bank Park this season. The Braves are hitting .319 as a team against him. Alex Gonzalez (.444, 2HR, 3RBI in 27 at-bats), Nate McLouth (.303, 2HR, 4RBI in 33 at-bats) and Jack Wilson (.362, 6 doubles, 7RBI in 69 at-bats) all have hit Oswalt very well.