A lousy bullpen on Monday and lousy bats on Wednesday resulted in a pair of gut-wrenching losses to the NL East-rival Braves.
Burnett (0-1, 3.94 ERA) left his last start against the Marlins with discomfort and was diagnosed with a hernia soon thereafter. No matter, he's going to try to pitch through it.
Unfortunately for him, his history against the Braves doesn't offer promising prospects: He's 5-12 against them lifetime with a 4.14 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He's also walked 12 batters in his last 11 innings pitched.
For the Braves, Alex Wood (2-1, 1.89) hopes to extend his club's winning streak to six.
As a rookie last year, Wood made two starts against the Phils. In his first, the left-hander tossed six innings of one-run ball. He took a no-decision in the other after giving up four runs and nine hits over 4.2 innings.
• Evan Gattis' name in the lineup. Though he probably won't catch the day game after a night game, with three homers in the past two games, he's too hot not to put in the lineup. He could play left field, where he started 47 games last year, or first base, where he played four times.
• Chase Utley getting back in the hit column. His 11-game hitting streak to start the season was snapped Wednesday night, but the second baseman still leads baseball in hitting (.449), OBP (.509) and slugging (.776).
• Key matchups for Burnett: B.J. Upton (9 for 46, 2 HR, 17 K), Dan Uggla (2 for 10, HR, 5 K), Gerald Laird (5 for 8), Jason Heyward (4 for 8)
• Key matchups for Wood: Marlon Byrd (3 for 7), Jimmy Rollins (0 for 7), Chase Utley (2 for 6)
• Mike Adams' season debut.