Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.21 ERA) and John Gant (1-3, 4.59 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (60-74) and the Atlanta Braves (52-83) at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves won the last game 8-4, and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 3 and can be seen on CSPh and FSSO.
Velasquez pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 5-1 win over the Mets. Ryan Howard (.199, 30 Rs, 20 HRs, 46 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one RBI. Gant went 2.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out one in a 7-0 defeat to the Giants in his last outing. Freddie Freeman (.292, 83 Rs, 28 HRs, 70 RBIs, 4 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Braves, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
The Phillies are 23-31 against their divisional rivals, while the Braves are 22-30 against their division.
The Phillies managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Braves who are coming in with a 13-12 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Braves have a slight leg up on the Phillies, as the Braves have won their last four games while the Phillies have lost their last four.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 40-19. The Phillies have a 40-7 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th in runs, Philadelphia has earned 496 this season. Atlanta ranks 29th with 517 runs.
Ranking 30th, Philadelphia is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.682). Atlanta ranks near the bottom at 29th with an OPS of .691.
When the Braves allow at least one home run, they are 25-64, well-matched with the Phillies who are 27-59 when allowing at least one homer.