Series Preview: Brewers (83-63) @ Phillies (79-67)

The Brewers head out on the road for their most important series of the ’08 season thus far–four games at Philadelphia to face the Phillies, one of three teams that are just four games back in the loss column for the NL Wild Card–a sweep by the Brewers would almost be the death blow to the Phils’ chances of making the postseason; a sweep by the Phils, and the Brewers’ would be tied for the NL Wild Card with the Phillies and possibly one or two more teams.
Pitching Probables:
Thursday, September 11, 6:05 p.m. CT: RHP Ben Sheets (13-7, 2.82) vs. LHP Jamie Moyer (13-7, 3.64)
Friday, September 12, 6:05 p.m. CT: LHP Manny Parra (10-7, 4.03) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (12-9, 3.12)
Saturday, September 13, 2:55 p.m. CT: RHP Dave Bush (9-10, 4.23) vs. RHP Joe Blanton (7-12, 4.86)
Sunday, September 14, 12:35 p.m. CT: RHP Jeff Suppan (10-8, 4.63) vs. TBD
Things to look for:
1. The Brewers were 1-1 against the Phils at Miller Park this year, but 3-4 last year; can the Crew find a way to win the series, e.g. win at least 3 games, without CC Sabathia getting a start?
2. The Phillies did not face Ben Sheets earlier this year…and Sheeter only allowed 5 hits and 2 ER’s while fanning 8 over 7 2/3rds IP last year at Citizens’ Bank. Can Sheets repeat that this year?
3. Manny Parra didn’t face the Phils earlier this year, either…can Parra bounce back from his 2-5, 4.45 mark after the All-Star break?

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