King Cole

Cole Hamels wishes everybody a Happy Fourth of July.

It looks like the Braves are this year's Mets.

Of course, the Phillies hope the Mets can be this year's Mets, too.

The Phillies beat the Braves last night at Turner Field, 4-1. The victory completed a series sweep, which is the first series the Phillies have won since they swept the Braves at Turner Field on June 6-8. It's also their seventh consecutive victory over the Braves. It's their longest winning streak against the Braves since they won eight consecutive games against them in 1977. The Phillies also return home from their nine-game, 10-day, three-time zone road trip through Oakland, Texas and Atlanta at 5-4.

They have Cole Hamels to thank.

Hamels needed just one more out for his third shutout of the season, and his second shutout against the Braves this season. He couldn't get it, but the Phillies got the win as Hamels improved to 9-5 with a 3.22 ERA. That should be good enough for Hamels to make his second consecutive All-Star Game, but we'll find out Sunday.


Other Phillies that should make the all-star team: Chase Utley, Brad Lidge and Pat Burrell.

Ryan Howard leads the league in RBIs and is third in home runs, but it's going to be tough to break in there with Lance Berkman, Adrian Gonzalez and Albert Pujols having good seasons, especially with Howard's average hovering around .220.


Tonight: J.A. Happ vs. Johan Santana.

0 wins vs. 100 wins

2 career starts vs. 2 Cy Youngs


The Mets are thankful that the Phillies didn't bury them and the rest of the National League East last month.

"We've been doing them favors for a year and a half," Mets closer Billy Wagner said. "It's about time they hit a bump."


In the Phillies Notebook: Why the Phillies never considered starting Chad Durbin tonight against the Mets, Brett Myers had a MRI yesterday and is healthy, and top prospect Carlos Carrasco should be fine and could pitch next week.