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.