Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Oswalt, Phillies look to sweep Braves
By Mark Malzewski
The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies wrap up their three-game series tonight on "Wednesday Night Baseball" on ESPN. The Phillies are looking for their first sweep of the Braves since Sept. 20-22, 2010.
On Tuesday night, the Phillies won their 90th game of the season (the first team to reach that mark this season). Philadelphia has won 90-plus games in four consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
On the mound
Brandon Beachy takes the ball for the Braves. Beachy is 0-3 with a 4.50 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies. However, he’s pitched well in Citizens Bank Park, allowing only three earned runs in 10⅓ innings. (He’s allowed nine ER in 13⅔ innings at Turner Field against the Phillies.)
On the other side, Roy Oswalt is scheduled to throw for the Phillies. Oswalt is 33-9 in his career in September and October. His .786 winning percentage is the highest among active pitchers with at least 20 September/October decisions.
Oswalt is 0-1 with a 6.30 ERA in three career games against the Braves in September/October.
Matchup to watch
Dan Uggla started his career 0-for-13 against Oswalt but is 3-for-his-past-9 against the righty. (However, only one of those hits has come since 2010.)
Stat of the game
With a win Wednesday night, the Phillies would increase their lead over the Braves in the NL East to 10½ games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that would be their largest lead in the NL East since 1993, when their biggest cushion was 11½ games.
-- Mark Simon contributed to this post