Phillies/Braves Opening Series Preview

With Cole Hamels tending to his inflamed left elbow, Brett Myers will get his third consecutive Opening Day start tomorrow night at 8 PM EST on ESPN2.

In ’07 against the Atlanta Braves, Myers went 7 and two-thirds innings, striking out nine and allowing only three runs. Last year, he went 5 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) against the Washington Nationals.

Myers will be opposed by Braves newcomer Derek Lowe. The Phillies certainly are familiar with Lowe given last year’s NLCS when he was with the L.A. Dodgers. In the ’08 NLCS, Lowe allowed four earned runs in 10 and one-third innings.

Here’s a look at how the hitters and pitchers stack up against the opposition…

Hitters vs. Opposing Starters, by OPS:

Pitchers’ Career vs. Opposing Team:

The Phillies dominated the Braves last year: in 18 games, the Phils won 14 of them (78%).