Preview: The Phillies timed their longest winning streak and best-collective effort to coincide with the biggest series of the year. In the first two games, the Phils have outperformed the Braves in every possible way: better pitching, better defense and enough timely hitting to put the required runs on the board. Tonight will be the first time this series the Phils face an established starter. Right-hander Tommy Hanson (10-11, 3.62) last faced them on May 31, the day the Braves ripped away the division lead and would secure it for most of the summer. The Phils took it back Sept. 7 and have opened up a five-game lead in the days since. Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.90) tries to push the Phillies’ lead to six and improve to 8-1 as a Phillie. Hanson allowed four runs in six innings against the Mets in his previous start. … Lineups have been announced: Sans Rollins, standard set.
Rotation notes: Joe Blanton, Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay will pitch this weekend against the Mets following tomorrow’s off day. Kyle Kendrick, Oswalt and Blanton are set for next week’s series in Washington.
Record ratings: Tuesday's Phillies game set another ratings benchmark for Comcast SportsNet. Tuesday’s game delivered a 15.0 rating (446,000 households) and peaked at a 19.8 rating (589,000 HHs), breaking both average and peak records set this past Monday (14.5 rating and 18.9 peak). Last night’s Phillies game was the most watched program in the Philadelphia market. Through 15 games in September, the Phils are averaging a 10.6 rating (315,000 HHs), besting last year’s September average 8.7 rating. (via CSN news release)