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Preview Game 27: Phillies Vs. Braves, Cole Hamels in The Spotlight

Kevin McGuireSenior Analyst IMay 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 17: Starting pitcher Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws the ball during the game against the San Diego Padres on April 17, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

The Phillies head home after sweeping a two game series in St. Louis and dropping a two game series in New York. Their opponent this weekend is a team they have already lost a home series to, the Atlanta%20Braves">Atlanta Braves.

This may not exactly be the same Braves team that the Phillies saw at the start of the season. For starters the Phillies will not have to face Derek Lowe, who just shut them down in the season opener.

Instead the Braves will trot out Jo-Jo Reyes tonight as he looks for his first win. The Phillies will have to get their offense eon track early against Reyes as they have come under some criticism after their outings against the Mets the past few days.

Of course the major storyline for the Phillies will be the return of Cole Hamels. Hamels will make his first start since leaving a game early against the Nationals when he sprained his ankle fielding a ball.

Hamels was pushed back and the weather helped give him more time, but he needs to come out and have a solid outing. Anything less than seven innings could be viewed as a disappointment.

Hamels is also looking for his first win of the season. Who would have thought that?

For the Braves catcher Brian McCann is eligible to come off of the DL today and is expected to return to the lineup for tomorrow's game. The Braves come to Philadelphia on a two game winning streak.

Phillies Record: 14-12
Braves Record: 13-15

NL East Standings (Team, record, games behind):

  1. PHILLIES 14-12, -
  2. Mets 14-13, 0.5
  3. Marlins 15-14, 0.5
  4. Braves 13-15, 2.0
  5. Nationals 8-18, 6.0

Pitching probables: Hamels (0-2, 7.27 ERA) vs. Reyes (0-1, 5.00 ERA)

TV: Comcast Sportsnet

First pitch: 7:05 pm

Season Series: Braves lead 2-1

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Game open thread will be posted at 6:30pm. No recap this weekend as usual so be on the look out for open threads. A couple extra tidbits will come your way over the weekend as well!

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