David Buchanan (0-3, 9.22 ERA) and Shelby Miller (2-0, 1.69 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Philadelphia Phillies (6-11) and the Atlanta Braves (8-8) at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the last game 1-0 and Philadelphia leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on FSN-S and CSN-PHI.
Buchanan is 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA in his appearances against the Braves, and goes up against a below-average Atlanta offense which is batting just .232 this season. Freddy Galvis (.345, 4 Rs, 1 HR, 8 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run. Miller is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA when pitching against the Phillies. He takes on a below-average Philadelphia offense which is hitting just .215 this season.
Atlanta takes on Philadelphia as a -130 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Phillies have recorded an overall money line of -491 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 5-9. Philadelphia has recorded a disappointing 2-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. Philadelphia's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.6 per game.
In the other locker room, Atlanta is coming in with an overall money line of +275 and an impressive record of 2-1 as the favorite. They are 2-1 as the favorite against fellow NL East members, and 6-6 SU. Offensively, the Braves have really sputtered in division games. They have decreased their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 3.5 in those contests. Atlanta is excellent at drawing walks with 3.2 per game, ranking fifth in the NL. Moving on to Atlanta's pitching staff and defense, the The Braves allow just three runs per road game, ranking them fifth in the NL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Braves are third in the NL with an average of 7.7 hits allowed per game.
The Phillies have the edge in the season series, 1-0. The Phillies have a bad 4-10 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Miller takes the mound. Buchanan (RHP) will be on the hill against the Braves, who have a 6-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - ATL, O/U - Under
The Phillies are struggling at 5-9 in their division, while the Braves are 6-7.
Philadelphia earned its first shutout of the season in its last game. Atlanta has been shut out one time this season.
When leading after 7 innings, Philadelphia is 4-5, while Atlanta is 3-6.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Phillies are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Braves have a 2-1 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 1-6. The Phillies have a 2-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Philadelphia ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting nine this season. Atlanta ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 14.
Ranking 15th, Philadelphia is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.00 per game. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 at 10th with 7.93.
Ranking 29th, Philadelphia is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.590). Atlanta ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .672.
The Braves are 2-4 when they allow at least one home run. The Phillies perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 4-7 record.