2019 MLB – Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies taking place? Wednesday 11th September, 2019 – 00:05 (UK)

Where is Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies taking place? Citizens Bank Park

What is the expected weather for Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies? Partly cloudy, 25c

What television channel is Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies on? BT Sport 1 in the UK / Fox Sports South East, NBC Sports Philadelphia, MLB Network in the US

Where can I stream Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website or app in the UK / Fox Sports GO, MLB.tv in the US

Where can I get tickets for Atlanta Braves @ Philadelphia Phillies? https://www.mlb.com/tickets/season-tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Atlanta Braves 7 – 2 Philadelphia Phillies

THE TEAM NEWS

ATLANTA BRAVES

  • The Braves are getting hot at the perfect time since they are 4-1 in their last five games and have won nine of their last 10, making them one of the best teams in the National League over the past two weeks of action.
  • Nick Markakis could be back by the end of the week, but Grant Dayton and Ender Inciarte remain sidelined through injury. Keep an eye on Freddie Freeman ahead of this game, as the star first baseman went 3-for-5 on Monday, and currently leads the National League with 116.
  • Max Fried will get the start for the Braves in this one and right now, the lefty is on quite a roll. He is 16-4 with a 3.86 ERA and 159 strikeouts this season but has a 2.90 ERA in his past seven starts and has at least eight strikeouts in four of his past six outings. He is definitively trending in the right direction.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

  • The Phillies ended their two-game winning streak to the Atlanta Braves meaning they have gone 2-3 in their last 5 games and 5-5 in their last 10. They need to improve that mark if they want to remain alive in the National League Wild Card race.
  • Juan Nicasio, Edubray Ramos and Roman Quinn are day-to-day, while Victor Arano is doubtful. Jake Arrieta, Andrew McCutchen and Pat Neshek are among the players that will be out until the end of the season. Bryce Harper, who received rest this past weekend, is the one to watch for the Phillies: he went hitless on Monday’s outing, but still has 30 home runs in the season while hitting for “only” .252.
  • Jason Vargas will start this one for the Phillies. The 36-year-old lefty is 6-7 with a 4.27 ERA, 104 strikeouts and a 1.30 WHIP across 132.2 innings pitched in 26 appearances (25 starts) in 2019. He has a 4.93 ERA in his last seven starts, however.

THE PREDICTION

The Braves seem to be running away with the NL East title and aside from being on a great run of results in recent weeks, they also have a clear advantage here in the pitching department due to both Vargas’ struggles and Fried’s impressive run of results. Despite being on the road, expect the Braves to be favourites here.

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