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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019


After a minor blip Tuesday the Atlanta Braves returned to the form that has vaulted them to the verge of the National League East division title, and head into Thursday's contest at the Philadelphia Phillies seeking a series victory and another strong pitching performance. One night after starter Max Fried gave up five runs, Dallas Keuchel pitched six solid innings and three relievers held the lead in a 3-1 victory Wednesday that dropped the Braves magic number to eight.

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In a game where the two teams combined for just 12 hits, Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers belted a three-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning and second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-5 to give him hits in seven of his past eight games, as the Braves improved to 19-4 in their past 23 games. The only negative for Atlanta was infielder/outfielder Johan Camargo - who was 5-for-11 with two homers since being recalled from the minors - left in the fourth inning with a right shin contusion after fouling a ball off his leg. The Phillies began Wednesday two games behind the Chicago Cubs for the final NL wild card spot, but only could muster five hits and scored their lone run on a Scott Kingery fielder's choice in the fourth, falling for the fifth time in their past eight games. Catcher J.T. Realmuto went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but is 10-of-29 with four homers, six runs scored and eight RBIs in his past seven games.

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PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Julio Teheran (10-8, 3.31 ERA) vs. Phillies LH Drew Smyly (4-6, 6.20)

Teheran continued Atlanta's recent run of excellent starting pitching by holding Washington to one run on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over six innings Saturday. The 28-year-old has allowed just three runs across 25 innings in his past four starts with a .167 opponents batting average with 14 hits allowed in that span. Teheran gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits over five innings in his only appearance against the Phillies this season on March 28, and lifetime is 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) in the series.

Smyly has pitched well in two September starts, allowing one run on eight hits with 14 strikeouts over 12 1/3 innings while beating Cincinnati and the New York Mets. The 30-year-old signed with the Phillies on July 21 and is 3-1 with a 3.93 ERA in nine starts, including a rough August in which he went 0-1 in five starts with a 7.20 ERA and nine homers allowed across 25 innings. Smyly, who went 1-5 with an 8.42 ERA and 1.91 WHIP in 13 games (nine starts) with Texas before being released, has pitched once in his career against Atlanta - striking out the only two hitters he faced in 2013 with Detroit.

WALK-OFFS

1. Phillies LF Corey Dickerson, who has three homers in the series, left the game after grounding out in the sixth with a sore left foot.

2. Atlanta RF Nick Markakis took batting practice Wednesday with no issues and could be activated from the injured list (left wrist fracture) as early as this weekend at Washington.

3. Braves RHP Chris Martin pitched an immaculate inning in the seventh (nine pitches, nine strikes, three strikeouts), the first for the franchise since Buddy Carlyle on July 6, 2007 against San Diego.

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Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Corey Dickerson

    Foot
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Dickerson is expected to spend the remainder of the season on the 60-day injured list with a fractured left foot.

  • Jean Segura

    Hamstring
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Segura was removed from the previous game due to a left hamstring cramp. It is unclear if he will face the Indians on Friday.

  • Jay Bruce

    Arm
    Out Thurs | out

    Bruce is tending to a flexor strain in his arm and will not face the Braves on Thursday.

  • Edubray Ramos

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    Ramos has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a right shoulder impingement and is expected to be available Tuesday against the Braves.

  • Roman Quinn

    Groin
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Quinn has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right groin strain, and he is likely to stay on the shelf until at least the end of September.

  • Seranthony Dominguez

    Elbow
    Late Sept | 60-day IL

    Dominguez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list due to ulnar collateral ligament damage in his right elbow. He is likely to remain on the IL until at least the end of September.

  • Juan Nicasio

    Shoulder
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Nicasio has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to right rotator cuff tendinitis. It is anticipated that he will be on the IL until at least the latter part of September.

  • Jay Bruce

    Elbow
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Bruce is nursing some effects from his previous flexor strain in his right elbow. It is undetermined if he will face the Braves on Tuesday.

Atlanta Braves

  • Michael Chavis

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Chavis is on the 10-day injured list due to a left sprained AC joint. He suffered a strained oblique during his rehab, and he is likely to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • Ender Inciarte

    Hamstring
    Ques Tues | 10-day IL

    Incarte is on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

  • Charlie Culberson

    Face
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Culberson has been placed on the 60-day injured list due to a fractured cheekbone and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Josh Donaldson

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Donaldson is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Phillies on Thursday as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

  • Johan Camargo

    Shin
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Camargo is on the 10-day injured list due to a fractured right shin. He is expected to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

  • A.J. Minter

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Minter is likely to miss the remainder of the season while on the 60-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation.

  • Jesse Biddle

    Shoulder
    Late Sept | 60-day IL

    Biddle has been moved to the 60-day injured list due to left shoulder fatigue, and he is unlikely to return until at least the end of September.

  • Nick Markakis

    Wrist
    Prob Fri | probable

    Markakis has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left wrist. He is expected to make his return against the Nationals on Friday.

philadelphia-phillies Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Ranger Suarez 32 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .333 .333 .333
Cesar Hernandez 150 144 565 70 161 28 3 12 67 231 9 91 2 .285 .409 .338
Jean Segura 137 134 551 77 156 36 4 12 59 236 10 72 2 .283 .428 .328
Phil Gosselin 39 6 54 4 15 3 0 0 7 18 0 12 0 .278 .333 .304
J.T. Realmuto 143 131 531 91 145 34 3 25 82 260 9 123 1 .273 .490 .325
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Hector Neris 66 0 199 87 6 45 10 1 24 0 0 2 24 1105
Jose Alvarez 63 1 170 47 1 62 7 4 23 0 0 0 17 933
Juan Nicasio 45 0 137 43 2 55 4 5 27 0 0 5 20 810
Adam Morgan 40 0 89 29 3 20 4 1 14 0 0 1 10 463
Ranger Suarez 34 0 129 38 1 46 6 2 17 0 0 0 11 682
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
J.T. Realmuto 143 131 0 48 43 8 0 8
Andrew Knapp 66 23 0 12 4 3 0 2
Drew Butera 11 9 0 3 1 0 0 0
Aaron Altherr 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 0
Adam Haseley 56 48 0 0 0 1 3 0

atlanta-braves Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Ryan LaMarre 6 3 10 1 3 0 0 1 1 6 0 3 1 .300 .600 .417
Freddie Freeman 153 152 581 112 174 34 2 38 119 326 6 122 3 .299 .561 .395
Ozzie Albies 153 151 614 98 180 42 8 23 81 307 15 107 4 .293 .500 .350
Nick Markakis 109 101 388 60 113 23 2 9 58 167 2 54 0 .291 .430 .360
Ronald Acuna Jr. 153 151 620 123 173 21 2 40 99 318 37 185 9 .279 .513 .363
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Luke Jackson 67 0 209 98 2 73 10 4 33 0 0 5 26 1204
Sean Newcomb 52 4 198 61 3 58 8 1 27 0 0 4 29 1152
A.J. Minter 36 0 88 35 1 36 3 5 23 0 0 6 23 588
Jacob Webb 36 0 97 28 1 24 4 0 10 0 0 1 12 536
Julio Teheran 32 32 517 161 12 142 22 3 75 0 0 15 82 2969
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tyler Flowers 82 70 1 37 9 3 0 12
Brian McCann 81 75 2 36 7 2 0 7
Adam Duvall 35 22 0 0 0 2 2 0
Austin Riley 75 64 0 0 0 4 3 0
Charlie Culberson 107 15 0 0 0 2 2 0