Tonight’s game is one reason the Philadelphia Phillies (90-61) acquired Doc Halladay from Toronto in the off-season. In the midst of a tough pennant drive, Halladay will go for his 20th win against the Atlanta Braves (86-65) before another packed house at Citizens Bank Park.
The Atlanta Braves, behind the solid pitching of Derek Lowe, came back to defeat the NY Mets and sweep the road series at Citi Field.
The Philadelphia Phillies continue their hot streak, even if their offense is virtually nonexistent. They received excellent starting pitching from Cole Hamels, who pitched seven shutout innings.
The Atlanta Braves stayed atop the National League East as they defeated the NY Mets 9-3. The Braves received a solid pitching performance from Jair Jurrjens, as he allowed three runs on six hits through 5.2 innings while striking out eight (though he did walk six).
The Philadelphia Phillies had a chance to pick up a game on the National League East division-leading Atlanta Braves after the Braves lost again to the Colorado Rockies.
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced earlier this season that he would be retiring at the end of the season. Piniella, along with Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox and Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston would all end their managerial careers at the end of the 2010 season.
This week there were a few moves made that could impact playoff contending teams (and that is precisely why these moves were made). Derek Lee of the Chicago Cubs agreed to be traded to the Atlanta Braves, who are currently in first place in the National League East.
The big news on Tuesday was the return of three All-Star second baseman to their respective teams. Martin Prado of the Atlanta Braves missed the least amount of time with a broken finger, but was missed with the loss of veteran Chipper Jones for the season.
Just like the American League, the National League playoff contenders will need strong starts from three starting pitchers. Who has the best three-man rotation? Let’s take a look. St. Louis Cardinals: Chris Carpenter (rhp), Adam Wainwright (rhp), and Jaime Garcia (lhp). This group offers two aces and a rookie that doesn’t throw hard but knows Read the Rest…
MLB almost had their second perfect game of the week (Roy Halladay completed one on Saturday), though according to most, there was a perfect game achieved Wednesday in Detroit.
There were four walk-offs in Major League Baseball on Tuesday. The Cincinnati Reds battled back against Milwaukee Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman to record their 10th victory in their final at-bat.