For the first time all season, the Phillies enter a game as a winning team following yesterday's 6-4 victory. Today, they call on left-handed buzzsaw Cole Hamels to go for their first series sweep of the season.
Preview: The only caution here is that Hamels has been much, much worse in day games, something that's actually caught the attention of Phils skipper Charlie Manuel. In 17 1-3 daytime innings, the 23-year-old left-hander has a 5.71 ERA with opponents batting .329 against him. Overall, he's 6-2 with a 3.67 ERA and 78 strikeouts, certainly on pace for all-star consideration. The Braves counter with Kyle Davies (2-2 4.47 ERA), a pitcher the Phillies have handled easily. He's 0-3 with a 17.10 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance against them. The 23-year-old right-hander is coming off his best start of the season, allowing one run and six hits in eight innings.
Lineups have been posted and Michael Bourn gets his second-straight start, replacing Pat Burrell in left field. The Braves, who learned they had lost a key piece to their bullpen in Mike Gonzalez before this series, are without their captain Chipper Jones again today. Chipper is nursing a thumb injury while Gonzalez needs elbow surgery.
The 25-24 Phillies trail Atlanta and three other teams by three games in the Wild Card standings and trail the division-leading Mets by 6 1/2 games. Enjoy the ballgame and great Memorial Day grub. [Live boxscore]