The Atlanta Braves (85-54) start the day with not only the best record in baseball but also holds the biggest division lead in baseball at 14 games. Even with the division pretty much locked up and the playoff spot that comes with it, the Braves are only two seasons removed from their historic collapse of 2011, and with that felling still in the back of their minds, the Braves know that this is no time to take their foot off the gas pedal.
Winners of 9 of their 11 series, all since August 1st, the Braves are showing no signs of slowing up, and head to Philadelphia and play the struggling Phillies in what has been a disappointing year for them. In a series that will feature 5 out of 6 left handed starters, and a series that doesn’t have much impact on the playoff race, there are not many storylines here, although the pitching matchup Friday night seems rather intriguing.
Friday night features a pitching matchup of Mike Minor and Cliff Lee, both of which are having phenomenal years for their respective clubs. With the way these guys have been pitching of late, expect an old school pitchers duel, where hits are few and far between. I’m expecting a 1-0 game with no shortage of outstanding defense plays.
Where it would take a collapse worse than the one in 2011 to miss the playoffs, I fully expect the Braves to take care of business and continue their hot play against the Phillies this weekend.
Atlanta leads the season series 8-4.
Pitching Matchups - ATL at. PHI