2019 MLB – Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves taking place? Thursday 19th September, 2019 – 17:10 (UK)

Where is Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves taking place? SunTrust Park

What is the expected weather for Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves? Partly cloudy, 24c

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

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

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

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Philadelphia Phillies 4 – 1 Atlanta Braves

THE TEAM NEWS

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

  • The Phillies enter this game on a two-game winning streak, and now they are 3-2 over their last five games. Furthermore, they also are 6-4 in their last 10 MLB outings, something they must maintain to have any shot at a National League Wild Card spot.
  • Jay Bruce, Roman Quinn and Juan Nicasio are among the players that could return soon while others, such as Jake Arrieta, Corey Dickerson and Andrew McCutchen, are out for the season. Bryce Harper, who went 1-for-3 with two RBI on Wednesday, remains one of the top hitters on the franchise with a less-than-ideal .255 average, but 32 home runs and 104 RBI.
  • Aaron Nola will get the start for the Phillies here, and he is 3-1 with a 4.06 ERA in five starts against the Atlanta Braves this season. In 2019 he is 12-5 with a 3.62 ERA, 216 strikeouts and a 1.23 WHIP in 191.2 innings pitched across 32 starts this season.

ATLANTA BRAVES

  • The Braves are now on a three-game losing streak, but they remain the odds-on favourite to win the NL East title and have already clinched a playoff berth. The Braves are 2-3 in their last five games, and 4-6 in their last 10 MLB outings.
  • Ender Inciarte, Francisco Cervelli and Johan Camargo are not expected to return ahead of this game, while A.J. Minter, Alex Jackson, Jacob Webb and Charlie Culberson are out for the year. Undoubtedly, the player to watch here is Ronald Acuña Jr., as the Venezuelan centerfielder is just one home run and three stolen bases from joining the 40/40 club.
  • Mike Soroka gets another start for the Braves here, and he has been scorching hot in recent weeks since he currently owns a 2.57 ERA that ranks second in the Majors before this game. However, he hasn’t completed five innings in any of his two previous starts against the Phillies. Soroka is 12-4 with a 2.57 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP and 130 strikeouts in 164.2 innings pitched across 27 starts.

THE PREDICTION

The Braves are trending in the wrong direction of late, while the Phillies are getting hotter at the right time despite knowing they have already conceded a playoff berth. Atlanta have a clear edge in the pitching department, though, thanks to the presence of Mike Soroka on the mound, who limited the red-hot Washington Nationals to just one hit in his most recent start. Therefore, the Braves should be considered as favourites ahead of this game.

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