Game 87: Looking to make a push

Jimmy Rollins during the Reds game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Friday, May 17, 2013. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

The Phillies face a critical juncture of the schedule with seven straight games against the two teams in front of them in the N.L. East.

Tonight kicks off a 10-game homestand with three games against the front-running Braves, followed by four against the Washington Nationals.

Cliff Lee (9-2, 2.59 ERA) pitches tonight's opener of a three-game series with the Braves, who hold an 8.5 game lead over the Phillies. He will be opposed by Paul Maholm (9-6, 3.69).

The Phillies just went 5-5 on their recently completed 10-game road trip. Here is tonight’s lineup.

1. Michael Young, 3B
2. Chase Utley, 2B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Ryan Howard, 1B
5. Domonic Brown, LF
6. Delmon Young, RF
7. Ben Revere, CF
8. Humberto Quintero, C
9. Cliff Lee, P