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Philadelphia Phillies (28-21) at Atlanta Braves (28-22).
Joe Blanton (1-3, 5.63) vs. Tommy Hanson (4-3, 4.06)
This is a big series. Due to the Phillies' offensive hiatus and the Braves' five game win streak, the Braves find themselves a half game behind the Phillies. If the Phillies want to stay in first, they need to find their bats.
The Phillies certaintly can not count on breaking out of their slump against Tommy Hanson. The young righty has proved that his rookie year was no fluke, and that he is the real deal.
The Phillies pitching has been great of late. Joe Blanton has been one of the few that has struggled, however. In addition, his numbers against the Atlanta Braves are not pretty. Regardless, no matter how well Blanton pitches, the Phillies need to score.