Preview: Phillies v. Braves – 7:05 pm Eastern.
The first place Phils (14-12, 1st) come back home to Citizens Bank Park to start a three-games weekend home stand with the Braves (13-15, 4th). The first game of the three-games series will be played tonight, with a start time of 7:05 pm Eastern. The Phils will send out their ace Cole Hamels, who is recovering from an injury to his left foot, which he had rolled over trying to field a bunt on April 28 against the Nationals. In that game, he dominated the Nationals before his mishap, having shut them down for four and a third innings, giving up only four hits and two walks, while striking out four, as he received a no-decision in the Phillies’ 7-1 blow out win. He is once again looking for his first win of the ’09 season, while the Phillies hope that he will once again dominate opposing batters while this time not suffering another freak injury. The Braves will counter with Jo-Jo Reyes (0-1, 5.00), who is also coming off a no-decision, as he pitched five and a third innings against the Astros on May 3, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out three, in the Braves’ 7-5 lost. He is also looking for his first win. The Phils hope to be able to win the weekend series with the Braves, staying in first place in the National League East, before starting their first series of the year with the now-Manny Ramirez-less Los Angeles Dodgers.