Adam Morgan (1-1, 6.41 ERA) and the Philadelphia Phillies (24-18) go up against Williams Perez (1-1, 4.78 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (11-30) in the second of a three-game division series at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves won the last game 7-1, and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 21 and will air on CSPh and FSSO.
In his last start, Morgan pitched 3.2 innings, giving up seven runs, striking out one and walking three in a 9-4 loss to the Reds. Maikel Franco (.244, 12 Rs, 7 HRs, 23 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Braves were also unsuccessful the last time Perez pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing six runs, striking out two and walking two in an 8-5 loss to the Pirates. Freddie Freeman (.272, 19 Rs, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well offensively for the Braves, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and four RBIs.
The Phillies are a -130 favorite and the total is 8.
Pick - ATL
The Braves currently sit below .500 against the NL East Division at 6-13, and the Phillies have a 13-9 record.
When leading after seven innings, Philadelphia is 8-9, while Atlanta is 4-11.
The Braves are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Phillies have a record of 10-10 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 8-6. The Phillies have a 14-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta sits at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 135 this season. Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 29th with 137.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.623). Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 28th with an OPS of .654.
The Braves are 3-22 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Phillies are 9-15 when they allow at least one homer.