The Phillies have lost three in a row and 11 of 12 and face an Atlanta Braves team clearly going the opposite way.
The Braves have won eight in a row, own a 14.5 lead over the Phillies in the N.L. East and an 11.5 game lead over the second place Washington Nationals. In addition, Atlanta has activated center fielder B.J. Upton for today’s 4:05 p.m. game at Citizens Bank Park.
Upton has been sidelined with a right abductor strain. He will bat seventh in today’s lineup.
Lefthander John Lannan (3-4, 4.10 ERA) goes for the Phillies against righthander Brandon Beachy (0-0, 17.18). This is Beachy’s second start since returning from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.
Here is the Phillies lineup that Beachy will be facing.
1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Michael Young, 1B
3. Chase Utley, 2B
4. Delmon Young, RF
5. Darin Ruf, LF
6. Cody Ashe, 3B
7. John Mayberry Jr., CF
8. Carlos Ruiz, C
9. John Lannan, P