Two months ago many Phillies fans, namely myself, didn't think the team would be in the place they are now- 1st in the NL East with best record in the National League. Players got healthy, The Big 3 has dazzled, Madson & Lidge have improved, and the bats have slowly come back to life. Now with a 3 game lead over the struggling Braves, it's time to step on their neck and break it leaving them wheelchair bound for the rest of the season.
This weekend the Phils have the Nationals at home and the Braves are in New York to face the Mets. Friday- Roy Oswalt vs. Jason Marquis & Tommy Hanson vs. Jonathan Niese, Saturday- Kyle Kendrick vs. Jordan Zimmermann & Tim Hudson vs. Dillon Gee, and Sunday- Joe Blanton vs. Yunesky Maya & Derek Lowe vs. RA Dickey. Aside from Roy-2's start tonight the pitching matchups are pretty even in the Phils series. Same can be said for the Braves/Mets series, because the Mets hurlers are pitching well while the Braves have been trending downward. Putting more distance between themselves and the Braves is the goal, and then next week whack 'em over the head with the Big 3, devastating their NL East Division Champ aspirations.