Sunday is a big one at Citizens Bank Park.
After being pounded by the Braves on Saturday, the Phillies’ new goal is to take two of three games from the team they’re chasing in the NL East.
Not only are the Phils looking for a series victory, but they’re also trying to convince GM Ruben Amaro Jr. to keep the team intact for the remainder of 2013.
Winning their three-game set against Atlanta (50-37) would be a nice start to the Phillies’ (42-46) 10-game homestand before they take on the Nationals (45-42) for four games.
The Phillies turn to the 22-year-old Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99), who gets his first crack at the Braves.
Pettibone has a 2.55 ERA at Citizens Bank Park and a key Sunday will be avoiding first-inning trouble. In the opening frame this season, Pettibone has a 7.71 ERA (12 ER, 14 IP), and setting the tone early was a clear factor in the Braves’ blowout win on Saturday. Furthermore, when the Phillies don’t score first this year, they’re 16-29.
Pettibone will oppose Atlanta righty Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11), who has a career 5.02 ERA against the Phils in 14 games (three starts).
The Phillies beat Medlen in April for their first win of 2013. They walked four times against the right-hander and also had six hits.
A good sign for the Phils: Medlen is 0-3 in day starts this season with a 5.94 ERA.
With Ryan Howard on the disabled list, the Phils' order sees some changes. Darin Ruf also makes his first start of 2013.
Here are today's lineups
1. Ben Revere, CF (.340 avg. since May 1)
2. Jimmy Rollins, SS (4 for 10 vs. Medlen, three doubles)
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Domonic Brown, LF
5. Michael Young, 3B
6. Delmon Young, RF
7. Darin Ruf, 1B
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. Jonathan Pettibone, P
1. Andrelton Simmons, SS
2. Jason Heyward, RF
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Brian McCann, C
6. Dan Uggla, 2B
7. B.J. Upton, CF
8. Chris Johnson, 3B
9. Kris Medlen, P