In the first of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (60-73) and the Atlanta Braves (51-83) at Citizens Bank Park, Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 3.80 ERA) and Joel De La Cruz (0-7, 4.66 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and will air on CSPh and FSSO.
In his last start, Hellickson pitched 4.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out four and walking three in a 12-1 loss to the Mets. Odubel Herrera (.282, 68 Rs, 13 HRs, 42 RBIs, 19 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. The Braves were unsuccessful against the Giants 7-0 the last time De La Cruz pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing six runs (three unearned) and striking out two. Matt Kemp (.259, 68 Rs, 26 HRs, 88 RBIs) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Phillies have a SU record of 23-30 against teams in their division. The Phillies will be looking to pick it up in this one after recent offensive struggles. In the last 10 games, Philadelphia has only averaged 2.3 runs per game compared to the 3.7 it's averaged on the season. Whenever an NL East opponent shows up on the calendar, the Phillies pitch better. They allow an average of 4.8 runs per game, but allow just 4.2 against teams from their own division. The Phillies don't give up many walks at home to opposing batters at Citizens Bank Park, leading the NL with only 2.7 walks allowed per home game.
Against fellow NL East members, the Braves are 21-30 SU. During the last 10 games, they averaged 5.6 runs per game, above their 3.8 season average. Playing against NL East foes really brings the best out of the Atlanta pitchers. They allow 4.3 runs per game against teams within their division, which is lower than their season average of 4.9. They also allow just 2.9 hits per road game, good for fourth in the NL.
The Phillies have mostly come out on top against the Braves in their previous 13 games this season, earning an 8-5 record. This game will feature De La Cruz (RHP) on the mound against the Phillies, who have a 46-57 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Hellickson will take the mound against the Braves, who have a 36-55 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - PHI
The Phillies are 23-30 against their divisional rivals, while the Braves are 21-30 against their division.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have a 20-3 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
It looks like the Braves have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Braves have won their last three games while the Phillies have lost their last three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 39-19. The Phillies have a 40-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 492 this season. Atlanta ranks 29th with 509 runs.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 333 this season. Atlanta ranks in the top half at 13th with 416.
The Phillies are 50-40 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Braves are 28-33 when they hit at least one homer.