Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.67) tries to build on a masterful complete-game shutout in his last start when he toes the slab against rookie of the year hopeful Tommy Hanson (10-3, 2.65) and the Braves in the season's final meeting between these two sides.
Beerleaguer: Big opportunity for the Phils to break Atlanta's spirits and start putting the finishing touches on their playoff run. Overall, the Phils have had a serviceable month overall, led entirely by their starting staff, so today I'd like to see the total package, for the Phils to get something going early against Hanson, for Lee to pound the Braves' lineup with strikes and for the bullpen to deliver as needed. The Phils will have the services of Shane Victorino, who returns to center field, while Paul Bako is back behind the plate for Carlos Ruiz, still ailing from a sprained wrist.
First pitch is 1:35 from Turner Field. Time for the Phils to tighten the screws.