Tuesday: @ Pirates (7:05 pm - Pettibone)
Wednesday: @ Pirates (7:05 pm - Lannan)
Thursday: @ Pirates (1:35 pm - Hamels)
Friday: v. Braves (7:05 pm - Lee)
Saturday: v. Braves (7:15 pm - Kendrick)
Sunday: v. Braves (1:35 pm - Pettibone)
Pirates (3 Games)(Photo: Chuck Solomon/SI)
Player to Watch: 3B Pedro Alvarez - Alvarez is one of the young prospects that the Pirates have been waiting to blossom into his potential. This year he is hitting .241/.304/.510 with 20 home runs and 53 RBI -both of which lead the team. Alvarez is 6-for-13 with two home runs this year against the Phillies. In 16 career games against Philadelphia, he is 18-for-63 (.286) with seven home runs and 11 RBI. His seven home runs are his second most against any single team.
Braves (3 Games)
Player to Watch: 1B Freddie Freeman - Freeman is having himself quite the year. The 23 year old is hitting .307/.384/.470 with nine home runs and 53 RBI. His 53 RBI led the team while he also leads Atlanta with an .854 OPS. Freeman is 5-for-10 with a home run and six RBI against the Phillies in three games this season. In 43 career games against the Phillies, Freeman is hitting .300/.375/.436 with five home runs and 25 RBI.
Phillies (6 Games)(Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty)
The team is coming off of a tough series against the Dodgers in which they lost three of four. Their cleanup hitter, Ryan Howard, is struggling mightily as he is 0-for-20 with 11 strikeouts in his last 20 at-bats and his averaged has plummeted from .282 to .264.
This week is huge for the Phillies.
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