Braves starter Brandon Beachy knows he's still a work in progress.
On Wednesday he'll take the mound against the Phillies in his fourth start since coming back from Tommy John surgery, fully aware that he's not completely comfortable with all of his pitches.
But he is also certain that better days are ahead. He's been good lately, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing only three hits in his most recent outing, against the Marlins.
"I commanded my fastball and changeup pretty good. I still have a lot of room for improvement with the curveball and especially the slider," Beachy said. "Fortunately, I was able to command the other two well enough to where I could get by, and then continue to work on the others and hopefully piece it all together little by little each start."
Beachy has all but ditched his slider; his changeup has been his saving grace lately.
"[The changeup] was pretty good last time out, but it was definitely better [against Miami]," he said. "I was able to throw it in and out with a little more consistency, but it's something that hopefully will keep improving."
Taking the mound for Philadelphia will be left-hander John Lannan, who struggled with command in his first start at Nationals Park since joining the Phillies. Lannan surrendered eight runs on nine hits in just five innings, and he walked a season-high five.
"He has to definitely have command," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He has to be good, he has to be perfect on his pitches. He has to go in and out, up and down on the corners and things. He can't live in the middle of the plate, or up."
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• Cole Hamels is 3-2 with a 1.98 ERA in eight starts since the end of June. With that ERA, he ranks 10th out of 93 qualifying pitchers in that span.
• The Phillies will play 25 of their next 35 games at home when their current road trip ends.
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• Jason Heyward is batting .381 with 18 runs and 11 RBIs in 17 games since moving to the leadoff spot. He has nine multihit games in that span.
• Atlanta leads the Majors in comeback wins this season, with 38.
• The Braves are 18-4 in their last 22 games.
• With Monday's victory, Manuel became the 59th manager in Major League history to win 1,000 or more games. He is one of eight active managers in the big leagues with at least 1,000.
• The Braves are 19-10 in their last 29 games against the Phillies.