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Game Chat: Cole Hamels Tries to Turn Phillies Woes Against Atlanta Around

Aug 7, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

What are you watching for when you tune into the Phillies at this point in the season?

The Phillies will look to do something they haven’t done all season this evening: beat the Braves at Citizens Bank Park — 0-4. In fact, the Phillies have lost seven in a row overall to Atlanta and eight of their last nine. The last time they beat the Braves at CBP the calendar read 2011. Philly futility against Atlanta may tell you a bit about why the Braves are leading contenders for a wild card berth and the Phillies are attempting to not finish in last place.

On the bright side, the Phillies turn to Cole Hamels (11-6, 3.34) this evening. He’ll go up against Braves lefty Mike Minor (6-7, 5.01).

Dom Brown is once again penciled in the two-hole despite the Braves starting a left-hander. As CSN’s “What you need to know” points out, Minor doesn’t exactly kill lefties. Could this be Charlie Manuel’s first step in testing the lanky youngster in an everyday-type role?

What else are you watching for when you tune into Phillies games at this point in the season?

7:05 from the Bank. Will it sell out?

Tonight’s lineup: