As the 2007 season winds down to the final four, the Phillies continue their push for a postseason when they take on the Braves tonight at Citizens Bank Park.
Scheduled starters: John Smoltz (14-7, 2.95) vs. Kyle Kendrick (9-4, 3.82). Preview: Smoltz is 2-0 over his last four starts and hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of those outings. This is only Smoltz’s second start against the Phils all season, the first being on opening day. The Braves lead the season series 9-8.
Lineups are posted: Shane Victorino will start and bat second. Pat Burrell, a lifetime .080 against Smoltz, slides down and bats sixth. Greg Dobbs and Carlos Ruiz round out Charlie Manuel’s lineup card.
In other games we’re watching tonight: STL: J. Pineiro (5-4, 4.53) vs. NYM: P. Martinez (3-0, 2.57); SD: J. Cassel (1-1, 4.00) vs. MIL: Y. Gallardo (9-4, 3.59). The Cubs and Marlins are in the 6th inning as of this posting with the Fish leading 5-4. Arizona defeated the Pirates this afternoon 8-0.