The Phillies return home to tangle with the Braves after a diastrous final two games in Shea Stadium.
Re-charge: It’ll be essential for the Phils offense to come out of the gates. After looking bad against Oliver Perez and the Mets yesterday, they’ll have to face young stud Jair Jurrjens.
Burying the Braves: The Phillies are 8-1 against their rivals from down south. They’ve swept them twice at Turner Field.
Chip Off Tonight’s Block: Chipper Jones has a strained left hamstring and will sit out tonight’s game. He sat out the last game one between these two teams, but came back to play the final games of the series. A report said he wasn’t optimistic about his return just yet.
Knock ‘Em Out: Last season the Phillies kicked the Braves out of the playoff race with a late-season series win. It’s possible the Phils could do the same this season with a sweep right here.
Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (8-4) 4.87 ERA
Braves: Jair Jurrjens (9-5) 3.22 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 85, partly cloudy
Your gameday beer: The picturesque Shoal’s Pale Ale from Smuttynose is today’s pick. Brewed in New Hampshire, it’s a very pastoral kind of beer. Very easy to sip in the summer sun. For a pale ale that’s not always the case. But you’ll want to get your hands on this one.