Aaron Nola (5-2, 4.02 ERA) and Ryan Weber (0-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (53-85) and the Atlanta Braves (55-83) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies lost the last game 7-2, continuing a five-game losing streak. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 8 and can be seen on CSPh and SPSO.
Nola pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering six runs and striking out four in a 9-4 defeat to the Mets. This is the first time Weber will take the hill this season. Freddie Freeman (.283, 55 Rs, 16 HRs, 52 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
The odds for Philadelphia and Atlanta are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Philadelphia has a record of 22-33 SU. The Phillies are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 8.7 per game. Philadelphia's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 4.6 against fellow NL East members, compared to its 5.2 season average.
The Braves are 25-32 against NL East foes. Offensively, the Braves have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.6 runs per game by averaging 2.4 during that stretch. The Braves have a dynamic offense, leading the league with 324 extra base hits. Atlanta is excellent at not striking out with an NL-low 6.9 per game. The Braves allow 4.8 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 9.2 runs per game during that span.
Nola (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 45-66 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Phi
The Phillies currently sit below .500 against the NL East Division at 22-34, and the Braves have a 26-32 record.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Phillies need to step it up. The Braves have a record of 26-10 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 10-59. The Phillies have an 18-64 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 85 this season. Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 28th with 107.
Ranking 12th, Atlanta is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.39 per game. Philadelphia ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.68.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.674). Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 27th with an OPS of .690.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 22-61, well-matched with the Phillies who are 25-64 when allowing at least one homer.