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Atlanta Braves (67-61) at Philadelphia Phillies (74-52)
Derek Lowe (12-8, 4.48 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (12-9, 2.63 ERA)
Don't be surprised if a pitcher's duel breaks out tonight. With Derek Lowe and Cliff Lee on the mound, it's probably going to be a low scoring game.
Lee will be aiming for his sixth win in as many starts with the Phillies. Since joining the Phillies, he is a perfect 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA. In 40 innings, he has struck out 39, walked six and hasn't allowed a home run. So far it has been guaranteed as to the type of start Lee will provide: go deep into the game and dominate.
In two starts against the Phillies this season, Lowe is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings, including an eight inning shutout on Opening Night. Lowe has been streaky this season. He had a 6.13 ERA in an eight start stretch, followed by a 5-0, 2.91 ERA seven game run. Currently, he his in a cold spell allowing 20 hits in his last 8.2 innings.
For a change, the Phillies would like to get to Lowe. Lowe is 5-1 with a 2.64 ERA in his career against the Phillies. The offense is struggling and relying on the long ball, so it may not be easy for them to get to Lowe, a ground ball pitcher. But it isn't going to be easy for the Braves to get to Lee either.