Monday, September 20, 2010

Phils vs. Braves, Jurrjens scratched, Beachy to make debut

The Phillies open their biggest series of the year tonight against the Braves at Citizen's Bank Park.

Cole Hamels, who's been lights out in his last five starts takes the ball for the Phillies. The Braves have scratched Jair Jurrjens from making the start tonight. He tweaked his knee during a bullpen session last Friday and will be replaced by rookie Brandon Beachy.

Beachy is making his Major League debut which could spell trouble for the Phillies. They've struggled in the past against young pitchers whom they've yet to face.

According to Braves blog Talking Chop, Beachy is "a standard three-pitch pitcher, with a plus fastball, plus curve and an above average change-up."

After another dramatic and improbable ninth inning comeback, the Phillies remain three games up entering the series. Fortunately, Atlanta's best case scenario would still leave the Phillies in a first place tie upon the end of the series.

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