Philadelphia Phillies (97-64) at Atlanta Braves (90-71)
Cole Hamels (12-11, 3.09 ERA) vs. Tim Hudson (16-9, 3.41 ERA)
Time: 1:35 p.m., Turner Field
Weather: Sunny, 67
TV: MY PHL 17
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It’s the final tuneup of the regular season! After today, it’s on to the postseason. Even though the Phillies are already in, they have business to take care of. The Atlanta Braves are tied with the San Diego Padres for the Wild Card. It would be great if the Phillies can kick the Braves out of playoff contention. The Phillies would have an easier road in the postseason if San Diego wins the Wild Card.
The Braves are on the verge of getting swept by a team who has played Triple-A players. In addition, they might miss the postseason. It can’t get much worse for Atlanta, especially knowing that two aces are pitching against them today. Cole Hamels AND Roy Owalt will be teaming up; Hamels will start, and Oswalt will relieve. The Phillies don’t want either to go long enough where they could get injured, but they also want their players to be in a rhythm for the postseason.
Your Gameday Beer – Beck’s
Beck’s, a classic German Brewery, provides tonight’s beer like a present wrapped neatly in tin foil. It’s certainly not the best German beer but it is popular and widely available. Like similar mass-produced pilsners it has that traditional rice and corn beer taste, though not has strong as a Bud or Miller product. It of course goes well with Wiener Schnitzel otherwise known as veal cutlets. – By Brian