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.
TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, FOX
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.
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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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.300 Ryan LaMarre #27 | LF
- HOMERUNS 40 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- RUNS BATTED IN 119 Freddie Freeman #5 | 1B
- STOLEN BASES 37 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 18 Huascar Ynoa #73 | RP
- WINS 16 Max Fried #54 | RP
- STRIKEOUTS 185 Ronald Acuna Jr. #13 | LF
- SAVES 18 Luke Jackson #77 | RP
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- Footout 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.
- HamstringQues 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.
- ArmOut Thurs | out
Bruce is tending to a flexor strain in his arm and will not face the Braves on Thursday.
- ShoulderProb 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.
- GroinLate 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.
- ElbowLate 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.
- ShoulderLate 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.
- ElbowQues 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.
- Shoulderout 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.
- HamstringQues 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.
- Faceout 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.
- RestQues 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.
- Shinout 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.
- Shoulderout 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.
- ShoulderLate 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.
- WristProb 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.
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