They can also expect a well-pitched game from Milwaukee's Randy Wolf, the one-time Phillies star, and Philadelphia ace Roy Halladay.
Both veterans have a fan following. Both have talent. Both have momentum on their side.
Wolf's 10-strikeout performance against the Pirates in his last outing was the 14th double-digit strikeout game of his career. Halladay is coming off a complete game at Washington in which he struck out nine and allowed two ninth-inning runs in a 3-2 win. He's walked only three in three games over 22 innings.
Everyone knows the Phillies can pitch. But they will also have to hit if they expect to live up to the expectations put upon them.
In fact, the Phillies had scoring opportunities in Monday's 6-3 victory in extra innings by the Brewers, but they could not come up with a big hit. Overall, they left 11 runners on base and were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the loss.
"I know people are going to say, 'Well, you've got the starting pitching.' Yeah, that's part of it," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "But at the same time, usually when you talk about a World Series team or something like that, you're talking about a top-notch team. I'm not saying we don't have that, but we could have it. It's going to take some work. We've got to improve in some areas, and we've got to hope our players live up to their career averages and their career performances."
Give the Brewers credit. They are not intimidated by Philadelphia's pitching staff.
"You come into a series, and you know who you're facing. With the amount of media coverage and guys talking," Brewers outfielder Mark Kotsay said. "They've definitely got some quality."
Brewers: Hawkins reunited with team
Reliever LaTroy Hawkins rejoined the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, but he will not be activated from the disabled list until Wednesday at the earliest. He could be activated for Friday's series-opener against the Astros.
Zack Greinke, who is on the disabled list with a fractured left rib, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday at Class-A Brevard County. He will need at least three Minor League starts.Phillies: Oswalt confident he'll start
Roy Oswalt left Friday's game against the Marlins early because of a strained lower back, but threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Monday without incident. He said he expects to make Thursday's scheduled start against the Padres at PETCO Park.
Chase Utley continued his running drills Monday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. There is no timetable for his return, although he continues to progress.
The Phillies are one of three teams not to lose consecutive games this season. The Yankees and the Rockies are the other two teams. The last time the Phillies lost at least two games in a row was Sept. 25-26, 2010. The current streak to begin a season without consecutive games lost is the longest since 1995, when the club didn't lose two in a row through its first 33 games.