The Atlanta Braves made a splash at the trade deadline hoping to capture the soft NL East. Instead, they’ve slipped from the playoff picture and have fallen to just a game above .500.
Preview: Starting pitching has been the Braves’ well-known crutch. After Tim Hudson and John Smoltz, they’re diluted. The Phillies face Hudson on Wednesday, and aside from that, the Phils will have some open opportunities to cash in. Today’s starter Lance Cormier is 1-4 with a 7.59 ERA in seven games this season. The Phillies have seen him before and know what to expect. Familiarity may be why hitters have finally caught up to Jamie Moyer. However, the veteran left-hander has pitched Atlanta tough this season, going 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts against them this season.
The Braves have dropped nine of their last 12 including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Mets, who lead the Bravos by 7 1/2 games and the Phillies by 4 games in the NL East.
Roster move: Left-hander Fabio Castro has been added to the roster as the September call-ups keep trickling in one at a time.