Through his career, the Braves have always seemed to have Oswalt’s number. In eight career regular season starts he’s 0-3 with a 6.21 ERA. In the playoffs, Oswalt has been very good against the Braves going 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in 3. Lil’ Roy will be looking to break that pattern and set a new personal best in doing so. With a win today, Oswalt will match a career best nine straight wins. He hasn’t lost since July of last season, which also happens to be his only loss a Phillie.
He will oppose young Brandon Beachy, who is winless in two starts against the Phils, but as pitched well with a 2.70 ERA against them.
The Phillies offense will certainly have to provide Oswalt more support than they did last night to Cliff Lee. The Phils managed just three runs on eight hits in the Braves home opener.