Tuesday: @ Marlins (7:10 pm - Miner)
Wednesday: @ Marlins (7:10 pm - Hamels)
Thursday: @ Braves (7:10 pm - Cloyd)
Friday: @Braves (7:30 pm - Lee)
Saturday: @Braves (7:10 pm - Halladay)
Sunday: v. Mets (1:35 pm - Miner)
Marlins (3 games)
Player to Watch: 3B Ed Lucas - The Marlins backup third baseman has played well when call upon this season all things considered. Lucas, 31, is batting .254/.309/.335 with four home runs and 26 RBIs on the year. In six games against the Phillies, the Dartmouth College grad is 9-for-22 batting .409/.480/.636 with one home run and two RBIs to go along with three walks. Lucas' only home run against the Phillies came last week in the top of the 10th inning to win it for Miami.
Braves (4 Games)
Player to Watch: 1B Freddie Freeman - Freeman is having a breakout year and has worked himself into the conversation for National League MVP. The 24 year-old is batting .314/.392/.500 with 23 home runs and a team-leading 105 RBIs. He has fared well against the Phillies in his career batting .272/.343/.377 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.
Phillies (7 Games)
The Phillies have not posted one month in which they have had a record above .500 and they went only have one month (May) in which they went .500 as they were 14-14. They are in danger of adding another month under .500 as they enter their final week of play at 9-10 (.474) in the month of September.
Unfortunately for the Phillies, their best baseball came at Citizens Bank Park as they had a 43-38 (.531) record at home but a paltry 28-46 (.378) record on the road. All seven of their remaining games are on the road.
The Phillies has already begun to look towards next year. The team announced that Ryne Sandberg has signed a three-year contract to be the Phillies skipper, the 52nd in the franchise's history.
Sandberg, 54, replaced longtime Phillies manager Charlie Manuel on August 16th and the team has subsequently gone 18-17 in the 35 games following which is impressive given that they had the fourth-worst record in the National League at the time of Manuel's dismissal. There appears to be a different attitude in the clubhouse which is a positive sign. Sandberg left the Cubs organization following the 2010 season to manage the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. He became the Phillies bench coach this season before being named interim manager.
Wrapping up the final 2013 Phillies Preview, we will see you in 2014, Phillies fans!
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