The Philadelphia Phillies will host the Atlanta Braves in game three of a four-game set Wednesday night from Citizens Bank Park. The Braves will give the starting nod to 31-year old left-hander Dallas Keuchel, and the Phillies will respond with 25-year old right-hander Zach Eflin. The season series is tied 7-7.
Keuchel Shines Again, Eyes Fifth Straight Win
Dallas Keuchel will take the mound for the 16th time of the season, targeting his fifth consecutive victory. Keuchel was stellar once again last time out, firing six shutout innings against the Nationals, leading to another win to bolster his record to 7-5. The eighth-year left-hander has been one of the best pitchers in baseball as of late, and he has lowered his ERA to 3.47 to go with a 1.32 WHIP in 90.2 innings of action. Keuchel held the Phillies to just two runs in seven innings in the lone meeting this season, and he has now limited Philly to only three runs paired with a 1-1 record in 19.1 career innings. Cesar Hernandez is 0 for 3 against Keuchel, while Bryce Harper is 0 for 5, and JT Realmuto is 3 for 4.
Watch for Ozzie Albies as he is a stellar 18 for 51 with 13 RBI’s against the Phillies pitching this season. The 22-year old second baseman hasn’t been quite as dangerous in the second half, and he is currently hitting .289 with 21 home runs and 76 RBI’s on the season. Albies has tallied five RBI’s on the month.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 10, 2019
The Atlanta Braves have won the NL East for the second straight season. They have won 10 out of their last 11 games to distance themselves from a very good Nationals team. The Braves offer a deep lineup and a solid pitching staff, although their bullpen can be a question mark at times.
The Braves productive lineup is currently averaging 5.37 runs per game, good for seventh in the big leagues. The Atlanta pitching staff features a sharp 4.23 team ERA, positioning them 10th overall. The Braves are a stellar 43-27 on the road entering Tuesday.
Eflin Back on Track with Three Solid Starts
Zach Eflin will be on the hill for the 29th time of the year in this one. Eflin resumed his solid work by holding the Mets to only two runs in five innings in his previous start, resulting in a no-decision in a 5-4 Phillies loss. The young right-hander has been sharp in each of his last three performances, and he enters this one with a 4.31 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP accompanied with an 8-11 record in 140 innings logged. Eflin was demolished in his two starts against Atlanta this season, squandering a whopping 17 runs (12 earned) in 5.2 innings, and he possesses a 2-2 record with a 5.02 ERA in five career meetings against the Braves. Freddie Freeman is 2 for 11 against Eflin, while Ozzie Albies is 2 for 6, and Ronald Acuna Jr. is 2 for 4.
Bryce Harper has belted more home runs against the Braves than any other team this year, clubbing five taters with nine RBI’s in 45 at-bats against the tough Atlanta pitching. The 26-year old right fielder doesn’t hit for average, but he does have 30 big flys and 101 RBI’s on the season.
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) September 10, 2019
The Phillies remain in contention in the Wildcard, standing only three games out, although they have to leap past three teams. Time is running out and they need to go on a huge winning streak which won’t be easy considering they play the Red Sox, Braves, and Indians in their next three series’.
Philly stands 14th in the big leagues with an average of 4.89 runs on the season. The Philadelphia pitching staff owns a 4.61 team ERA, placing them 18th in the big leagues. The Phillies feature a 41-32 record at Citizens Bank Park.
The Atlanta Braves are:
- 5-1 in their last 6 games against the Phillies entering Tuesday.
- 5-0 in Keuchel’s last 5 starts.
- 6-0 in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning record.
The Philadelphia Phillies are:
- 2-12 in Eflin’s last 14 starts against a team with a winning record.
- 2-7 in Eflin’s last 9 starts.
- 1-4 in their last 5 games against a left-handed starter.