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Get your popcorn ready: Braves-Phils pitching match-ups set

The Braves won't make any changes to their rotation this weekend, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That means that, barring injuries, the pitching match-ups for next week's three-game series between the Braves and the Phillies are set.

Get your popcorn ready: Braves-Phils pitching match-ups set

The Braves won't make any changes to their rotation this weekend, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. That means that, barring injuries, the pitching match-ups for next week's three-game series between the Braves and the Phillies are set.

Mon., Sept. 20 - LHP Cole Hamels vs. RHP Jair Jurrjens

Hamels: Has faced the Braves three times this season with one solid start in a 6-3 loss at Turner Field on July 6 (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 8 SO, 117 pitches), one mediocre start in a 5-3 win at Citizens Bank Park on May 9 (5 IP, 8 H, 3 R/ER, 4 BB, 5 SO, 97 pitches), and one rain-shortened outing in which he allowed three runs and recorded two outs in the first inning before the delay at Turner Field on June 1. . .Since his last start against the Braves, Hamels has a 2.42 ERA in 19 starts with 137 strikeouts in 130 1/3 innings.

Jurrjens: Has dominated the Phillies in his career, allowing just 17 earned runs in 59.2 innings over nine starts. He held them to three runs on two hits in six innings back on July 6 when he was just returning from a two-month stay on the DL. Last season, he held them to four earned runs in 26.2 innings. . .Jurrjens has allowed 11 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings over his last two starts.

Tue., Sept. 21 - RHP Roy Halladay vs. LHP Mike Minor

Halladay: Has been flat-out unhittable against the Braves this season, allowing five hits in a complete game shutout on April 21, and five hits and one run in a complete game 3-1 victory on July 5.

Minor: The 22-year-old rookie has allowed at least four earned runs in five innings or fewer in each of his last three starts, including a 4-2 loss to the Nationals today that dropped the Braves another game behind the Phillies in the NL East. But the Phillies haven't seen him before, and he throws with his left hand, which has been a tricky combination for them at times.

Wed., Sept. 22 - RHP Roy Oswalt vs. RHP Tommy Hanson

Hanson: The way I have it figured out, the Braves needed to decide whether to pitch Hudson or Hanson against the Phillies. The way it sets up, at least on my spreadsheet, only one of them will be able to pitch in each of the two series between the two teams. The Braves could use an off day on Sept. 16 to pitch Hudson on normal rest and give Hanson an extra day, which would line Hudson up to face the Phillies in the final game of both series. But they said yesterday they weren't going to do that. And it makes sense: Hanson has held the Phils to three earned runs in 11.1 innings over two starts this season.

Oswalt: Last faced the Braves on Sept. 10 of last season, when he allowed six earned runs in two innings of a 9-7 loss. . .Former NL Central foe Derrek Lee is 18-for-65 (.277) with five doubles and three home runs against Oswalt in his career. . .Former Pirate Nate McLouth is 10-for-28 (.357) with two doubles and two home runs against him. . .SS Alex Gonzalez is 10-for-23 (.435) with two home runs.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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