The Phillies are 4.5 games back of the Chicago Cubs for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. Philadelphia used a five-run fourth inning to battle back from an early 2-0 deficit in the series opener on Tuesday. Can the Phillies steal another game on the road at SunTrust Park on Wednesday evening?
Can Eflin reverse season-long struggles versus Atlanta?
Right-hander Zach Eflin will toe the rubber for the Phillies in the second game of their series against the Braves. The 25-year-old has battled through a difficult season, going 8-12 with a 4.20 ERA, but he seems to have found his 2018 form after a short stint in the bullpen. Eflin has allowed three runs or less in each of his last five starts, which included a run of back-to-back quality outings. However, the Braves got to him last time out, as catcher Tyler Flowers ended his night early with a three-run blast in the fourth inning.
Bryce Harper (massively overrated) now has just 2 RBIs less than Mike Trout (best player in baseball)…
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Eflin has had a tough time versus the Braves in 2019, going 0-3 with an unsightly 11.57 ERA in three starts against Atlanta. He completed less than four innings on all three occasions, but he is 2-3 with a career 4.45 ERA in six career starts versus the Braves. According to Baseball Savant, current Braves are batting .315 in 102 plate appearances off the Phillies’ right-hander heading into Wednesday’s contest.
Teheran hopes for bounce back outing versus Phillies
The Braves are just 5-5 in their last 10 games and will need to finish the month strong with the postseason just two weeks away. No matter what happens in October though, Atlanta must find a way to resign veteran third baseman Josh Donaldson at the trade deadline. The 33-year-old has posted a healthy 5.8 WAR to go along with 37 home runs and 88 RBIs to go along with his usual stellar defense at the hot corner this season. He’s also provided some much-needed protection for slugger Freddie Freeman and brings some postseason experience to the club.
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Atlanta will send veteran right-hander Julio Teheran to the hill at SunTrust Park on Wednesday night. The 28-year-old will be in search of a bounce back outing after allowing five runs in four frames last time out versus the Phillies. Stil, the Braves’ right-hander has enjoyed solid season in Atlanta, anchoring the rotation by posting a 2.94 ERA over his last 24 starts. He’s allowed two runs or less 19 times during that span, while completing six innings or more 11 times during that span.
Teheran has also had a tough time versus the Phillies in 2019, going 0-2 with an 8.00 ERA in two starts. He is 9-8 with a 3.92 ERA in 25 career games (24 starts) versus the Phillies. Current Phillies are batting .266 in 330 plate appearances off the Braves’ veteran heading into this matchup.
- Braves are 6-0 in their last 6 Wednesday games.
- Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Braves are 21-7 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series.
- Phillies are 2-8 in Eflin’s last 10 starts
- Phillies are 2-8 in Eflin’s last 10 Wednesday starts.
- Phillies are 3-13 in Eflin’s last 16 starts vs. a team with a winning record.