Phils, Braves Set For Two-Game Battle

The Phillies figured that this short, two-game series with the Atlanta Braves would be an opportunity to expand on a division lead. Instead, the Phillies need every win just to hang on to any hope that they may have of even getting a wild card spot. To beat Atlanta, the Phillies will have to get past two pitchers who have pitched well against the Phillies this season.

Pitching Probables
Tuesday, August 31, 2004 – 7:05PM EST

ATL. – M. Hampton (10-9, 4.90 ERA) vs. PHI. – E. Milton (13-2, 4.71 ERA)

Wednesday, September 1, 2004 – 7:05PM EST

ATL. – J. Wright (13-6, 3.20 ERA) vs. PHI. – V. Padilla (5-6, 3.87 ERA)

 

 

The Phillies will start a two game series against the Braves of Atlanta tonight at 7:05 at Citizens Bank Ballpark. After this series the Phillies will face the NL East leading Braves only one more time in a four game series that starts September 6th.

 

Tuesday will be a match-up of the southpaws. Eric Milton, the Phillies best start this year, will be up against Mike Hampton who has had an off year. Despite Hampton's off year he has done considerably well against the Phillies this season. Hampton has compiled a 2-0 record with a 1.24 ERA while only giving up 3 earned runs in 3 games.

 

Wednesday night Vicente Padilla will go against Jaret Wright who has been surprisingly good this year. Wright is 13-6 with a 3.20 ERA this season. Two of his 13 wins came against the Phillies. While getting those 2 wins in 3 games he has compiled a 2.79 ERA while only giving up 6 earned runs.

 

In other Philadelphia Phillies news, Gavin Floyd will reportedly have his contract purchased in time to start Friday against the Mets in place of injured lefty Randy Wolf. This will be Gavin Floyd's first major league start.

 

Larry Bowa will be the team's manager throughout the 2004 season but general manager Ed Wade declined to comment on whether Bowa will be with the team at the start of the 2005 season as the manager.

 

Injuries

Atlanta Braves
Andruw Jones; CF – DTD; knee

Horacio Ramirez; P – 60-Day; shoulder

 

Philadelphia Phillies
Randy Wolf; P – DTD; elbow

Kevin Millwood; P – 15-Day; sprained ligament / strained tendon

Pat Burrell; LF – 15-Day; wrist

Ryan Madson; P – 15-Day; sprained finger

Billy Wagner; P – 15-Day; left shoulder tendinitis

2004 Meetings
May

27; Phillies lose 6-1

28; Phillies win 3-2

29; Phillies lose 9-3

30; Phillies win 4-1

 

June

3; Phillies lose 8-4

4; Phillies win 9-1

5; Phillies win 5-3

6; Phillies lose 6-4

 

July

9; Phillies win 7-6

10; Phillies lose 4-0

11; Phillies lose 6-4

19; Phillies lose 4-2

20; Phillies win 4-3


Philly Baseball Insider Top Stories