Coming off a horrendous start against Washington, Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 17.47) tries to recapture some of his past success against Tommy Hanson (1-1, 2.38) and the Braves in the first of three from Atlanta.
Preview: A lack of healthy bodies and shortage of depth are keeping Kendrick, who was originally ticketed for the bullpen, in the starting rotation. His location has been an issue, and left-handed batters are hitting an ungodly .563 against him. He's had good success against Atlanta in the past, but will have his work cut out for him against left-handed sluggers Brian McCann, who kills the Phillies, and rookie sensation Jason Heyward. What to watch: Chase Utley's base-running continues to be one of the more underrated assets to the lineup, a point hammered home by Jayson Werth's costly base-running mistake on Sunday. Meanwhile, Ryan Howard's early struggles with the glove qualify as the season's most underrated deficiency. Howard has reportedly been putting in extra practice reps at first with infield coach Sam Perlozzo. Ibanez: Even though it's still mid April, there have been murmurs as to whether slumping 37 year old Raul Ibanez has finally hit the wall. Ibanez, who's hitting .171 and has basically been in an unproductive lull since last June, is back in the lineup tonight trying to snap an 0-for-12 skid. Happ update: Twitter reports didn't sound encouraging as injured left-hander J.A. Happ compared his current elbow strain with the one that lingered all throughout 2007.