Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86) vs. Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92)
Triple digits! The Philadelphia Phillies reached 100 wins on Monday with their defeat of the Atlanta Braves. The Phillies will aim for another milestone: a victory ties them with the 1976 and 1977 clubs for most franchise wins in a season. If the Phillies sweep the Braves, they will be the all-time franchise record in wins. Right now, the Phillies will focus on beating their opponent, potentially erasing playoff hopes.
Meanwhile, the Braves are still holding on. The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Houston Astros, remaining one game back in the National League Wild Card. There are talks about how the heated Wild Card race could eventually help the Phillies in the playoffs. The Cardinals are currently a hot team, like the San Francisco Giants were last year.
On the other hand, the Braves are falling apart. If the Braves win the Wild Card, the Phillies will face Arizona in the first round. If the Cardinals win, the Phillies will face them; the Cardinals took three out of four from the Phillies last week which started their week-long slump. Everybody has their preference on who the Phillies should face, but right now it is up in the air. All these two teams can do is worry about themselves.
Roy Oswalt makes his final tuneup before the postseason. Despite his injuries this season, Oswalt has had a solid year. He will try to rebound from his poor outing against Washington in which he allowed six earned runs.
Oswalt will be opposed by Derek Lowe, who has struggled mightily this month. This September, Lowe has a 8.24 ERA and 2.08 WHIP. He is getting lit up as batters are hitting .372 against him. Lowe has good career numbers against the Phillies, but they have hit him hard over the last few years.
The Braves are under a lot of pressure. They will be doing a lot of scoreboard watching for the game in Houston. Pressure, scoreboard watching, and playing the team with the best record in baseball certainly doesn’t help their cause.
Lineup: Rollins SS, Utley 2B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Polanco 3B, Ruiz C, Oswalt P
Your Gameday Beer – Rouge Dead Guy Ale
It was named one of the five best beers in America by Food and Wine Magazine. This is a darker, more intense style of ale (technically, it’s a German style called a Maibock). It’s a bit higher in alcohol — 6.5 percent — with a toasty, malty character and real texture to it. This is my go-to for big, spicy foods: sausages on the grill, barbecued ribs, that kind of thing. -Pat Gallen