The Atlanta Braves will host the Pittsburgh Pirates as the NL foes conclude a four-game series Thursday afternoon from SunTrust Park. The Pirates will send 26-year old right-hander Joe Musgrove to the hill, and 28-year old right-hander Julio Teheran will take the mound for the Braves. The Braves lead the season series 3-2 entering Wednesday.
Musgrove Ejected Against Braves
Joe Musgrove will be on the hill for the 15th time of the season in this clash. Musgrove was ejected after throwing at Josh Donaldson Monday night in Atlanta after pitching only 2/3 of an inning. Musgrove held the Braves to only three runs in eight innings in his first start this month. The fourth-year right-hander had a rough month of May which was inflated his ERA to 4.40 to go with a 1.19 WHIP and a 4-6 record in 73.2 innings logged. He has yet to be charged with a loss in his four career meetings against Atlanta, recording a strong 3.98 ERA and a 2-0 record. Ronald Acuna Jr. is 1 for 5 against Musgrove, while Freddie Freeman is 2 for 10, and Nick Markakis is 0 for 6.
— Pirates (@Pirates) June 11, 2019
Pirates’ slugger Josh Bell had a strong series against the Braves earlier this month, registering 4 hits in 8 at-bats with three RBI’s in two games, and he has driven in another two runs in this series. The 26-year old first baseman is having a spectacular season, sporting a .324 average with 18 home runs and a Major League-best 60 RBI’s. Bell has driven in eight runs on the month.
The Pirates are currently averaging 4.30 runs, ranking them 20th in the big leagues. The Pittsburgh pitching staff is carrying a rough 5.18 team ERA, placing them down at 28th overall. The Pirates stand at 17-18 away from home this season entering Wednesday.
Teheran Shines Again in Fourth Win of Season
Julio Teheran will get the nod for the 15th time of the season, seeking his second straight win. Teheran was flawless in his previous performance, tossing six shutout innings of two-hit ball against the Marlins, leading to the win to even his record at 4-4. The veteran right-hander has been one of the best pitchers in the Majors recently as he has allowed one or zero runs in seven straight starts, and he currently features a 3.03 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP paired with a 4–4 record in 77.1 innings of action. Teheran has shut down the Pirates bats in his 68 career innings, sporting a 4-1 record and a 2.38 ERA. Josh Bell is 1 for 9 against Teheran, while Jung Ho Kang is 0 for 5, and Gregory Polanco is 5 for 16.
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— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 12, 2019
Several of the Braves have heated up at the plate which includes Ozzie Albies. The 22-year old second baseman is sporting a .303 average this month, and he has notched four RBI’s in his last five games. The 22-year old second baseman hasn’t been quite as productive as last season, recording a .266 average with seven home runs and 26 RBI’s. Albies is 4 for 16 with three RBI’s against the Pirates this season.
The Braves are hot at the plate, and they have increased their season average to 5.12 runs, good for 11th in the Major Leagues. The Atlanta pitching staff features a 4.28 team ERA, pegging them 12th in the Majors. The Braves are 18-15 on their home field entering Wednesday’s action.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are:
- 0-4 in their last 4 games in Atlanta.
- 3-9 in Musgrove’s last 12 road starts.
- 0-4 in Musgrove’s last 4 Friday starts.
The Atlanta Braves are:
- 6-1 in Teheran’s last 7 starts.
- 7-3 in Teheran’s last 10 starts against the Pirates.
- 4-0 in their last 4 home games.