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Braves vs. Phillies Series Preview: The End Is Here

This is it for the Atlanta Braves. The final series of the year is here and the team has just a one game lead in the wild card.

This is it. The final series of the regular season. Can you believe it? It seems like just yesterday the Braves were in rainy Washington D.C. facing Livan Hernandez in near-freezing temperatures. Now, there are just three games left and the team leads the St. Louis Cardinals by one game.

Take care of business and the Braves are playing baseball in October. It really does not matter what the Cardinals do in Houston this week; win and you're in. There isn't any analysis, special formula, or breakdown to it. Win these games. Please.

Pitching Matchups:

Monday, 7:10 EDT -- Randall Delgado vs. Cliff Lee

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Randall Delgado 1-1 6 6 0 0 0 0 30.0 24 10 9 4 13 18 2.70 1.23
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Cliff Lee 16-8 34 31 6 6 0 0 226.2 192 64 60 17 42 232 2.38 1.03

Tuesday, 7:10 EDT -- Derek Lowe vs. Roy Oswalt

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Derek Lowe 9-16 33 33 0 0 0 0 183.0 206 105 100 13 70 135 4.92 1.51
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Roy Oswalt 8-10 23 22 0 0 0 0 133.0 150 60 57 10 32 89 3.86 1.37

Wednesday, 7:10 EDT -- Tim Hudson vs. Cole Hamels

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Tim Hudson 16-10 32 32 1 1 0 0 208.2 183 84 75 14 55 154 3.23 1.14
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Cole Hamels 14-9 31 31 3 0 0 0 213.0 165 66 65 18 44 193 2.75 .98

Final Thoughts:

Win all three games, Atlanta. That's all I've got.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.