If the weather holds, Randy Wolf will lead the troops back into action in Game 1 of the Phillies double-dip with the Braves.
The prospect of yet another rainout would add even more adversity to a team already up to their eyeballs in it.
This isn't a good situation. This is the third scheduled doubleheader between these teams in the last 11 days. Just when they need their best arms lined up in a nice, neat row to finish off their September sprint, more precipitation could force plan B. In addition, double-headers have been difficult for the Phils to sweep, and they simply can’t afford to lose many more.
The Phillies are two games behind San Diego in the Wild Card race. Meanwhile, a new threat has emerged. San Francisco has caught fire and leapfrogged the Phillies with their 10-6 win over Colorado.
All eyes are on Randy Wolf (3-0, 4.97 ERA), pitching his ninth game since returning from Tommy John surgery. Wolf gave up two runs in six innings in a loss to Houston last Wednesday. The left-hander is fast approaching a career crossroad, as his contract expires after the season.
For Atlanta, Kyle Davies (2-5, 7.56 ERA) pitches for a Braves team that has all but fallen out of the race. The 23-year-old right-hander is considered a bright part of the Braves future, but has taken a thrashing this season, including a 2 1-3, seven-run pounding from the Phils last week.
In other news ... former Phillies outfielder Bobby Abreu had a career night in New York, tying an AL record for most RBIs in an inning with six in the Yankees 12-4 victory over the Devil Rays. Abreu hit a three-run homer and a three-run double in a nine-run first and finished with a career-high seven RBIs.
Since coming over to the Bombers, Abreu has been an instant hit, as many expected. Already being called one of the best deals in modern Yankees history, Abreu is hitting .344/.436/.503 and is a perfect fit in their loaded lineup. With yesterday’s return of Hideki Matsui, the Yankees appear ready to roll into October as the favorite to win the World Series.