In the last of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (8-24) and the Philadelphia Phillies (19-15) at Turner Field, Aaron Blair (0-2, 3.31 ERA) and Vince Velasquez (4-1, 2.17 ERA) take the mound. The Braves won the last game 5-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 12 and will air on CSPh and FSSE.
In his last start, Blair pitched 5.0 innings, giving up three runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking four in a 7-2 loss to the Diamondbacks. Freddie Freeman (.289, 14 Rs, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Phillies were also unsuccessful the last time Velasquez pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, allowing four runs, striking out five and walking one in a 6-4 loss to the Marlins. Odubel Herrera (.317, 20 Rs, 3 HRs, 11 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Philadelphia -135 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 7.
Predictions: SU Winner - PHI
The Braves currently sit below .500 against the NL East Division at 5-12, and the Phillies have a 10-7 record.
When leading after seven innings, Philadelphia is 7-7, while Atlanta is 3-7.
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 3-1 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Braves are 5-6. The Phillies have a 10-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 97 this season. Philadelphia ranks near the bottom at 29th with 108.
Atlanta and Philadelphia both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Atlanta sits at 23rd with 93 this season and Philadelphia ranks 28th with 81.
When the Braves hit at least one home run, they are 2-6. When the Phillies hit at least one homer, they have a 14-8 record.