Phillies-Braves Game Thread 5/1/12
The Phillies have arrived in Atlanta after a brief four-game homestand against the Chicago Cubs. The 14-9 Braves lay claim to one of the league’s best offenses, averaging over five runs per game. Compared to the Phillies, they’re basically the 2000 Colorado Rockies. That’s not to say the Braves haven’t had their problems, however. Brandon Beachy, tonight’s starter, has easily been their most effective starter. Young talents Mike Minor and Randall Delgado haven’t yet put it together and veteran Jair Jurrjens was recently demoted to Triple-A after his fourth start, which left him with a 9.37 ERA.
Last night, the Phillies were able to earn a series split with the Cubs thanks to some timely hitting. Placido Polanco‘s two-run single in the eighth inning broke a 4-4 tie and allowed Jonathan Papelbon to enter in the ninth to nail down the save. For as bad as the Phillies have been offensively, they have been timing their runs as best as they can: 35 of their 76 total runs scored this season (46 percent) have come in innings 7-9, compared to 20 in innings 1-3 (26 percent) and 21 in innings 4-6 (28 percent). That will be just a bit tougher to do against Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel, but the Phillies will try nonetheless.
- Jimmy Rollins, SS (.261 wOBA)
- Placido Polanco, 2B (.267)
- Shane Victorino, CF (.307)
- Hunter Pence, RF (.303)
- Ty Wigginton, 1B (.371)
- Laynce Nix, LF (.390)
- Carlos Ruiz, C (.361)
- Freddy Galvis, 2B (.230)
- Cole Hamels, SP (.304)