The Atlanta Braves (53-36) and the Philadelphia Phillies (55-33) are set to square off in the most anticipated series before the All-Star Break. The two top teams, in terms of wins, in the MLB will be facing off for a "pre-summer classic, summer classic."
The Phillies are lucky to miss the Braves' Jair Jurrjens (most wins in the NL), but will have to face All-Star snub Tommy Hanson (10-4) tomorrow. The Braves will face the Phillies best three pitchers in three straight games, Halladay, Lee, and Hamels (Oswalt is hurt). The Braves youth are carrying them now, and Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy (3-1) will showcase his talents to the Phillies.
- If the Braves win 2 of 3, they'll be 1.5 games out of first, picking up one game.
- If the Braves sweep the Phillies, they'll be in first place by .5 games. Putting them in first for the first time in a while.
- If the Phillies win 2 of three, the Braves will be behind 3.5 games. Falling back another game.
- If the Phillies sweep the Braves, the Braves will be 5.5 games back. Falling back three games.
Realistically, options 1 and 3 are more likely. The Braves have won 4 straight, and 9 of 10. The Phillies have a losing streak of 1, but have won 7 of 10.
Baseball's two hottest teams square off in a highly contested and anticipated division battle before the All-Star Game.
Braves. Phillies. 3 Game Series. Two Teams. On A Collision Course. Chasing October. Be There.
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