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The Atlanta Braves defeated the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Tuesday in the first game of a three-game series after Monday’s game was postponed. Freddie Freeman hit a home run and Touki Toussaint gave up three hits and one run while making his Braves debut this season. Atlanta is 46-47 and the Braves are third in the National League East 3 ½ game after first place New York Mets. Atlanta plays Thursday without position players Ronald Acuna Jr., Travis d’Arnaud, Ender Inciarte, Alex Jackson and Marcell Ozuna. Atlanta has 5 pitches on the list of injured.
Philadelphia was defeated by the New York Yankees Tuesday in the first of two interleague matchups against the Yankees. After the loss, Philadelphia is 47-46 and is number two in the National League East 2 ½ game behind the front-running Mets. The Phillies have won five of the last seven to inches closer to the top of the division. Philadelphia plays without position players Alec Bohm, Odubel Herrera, Matt Joyce and Roman Quinn. Phillies has 6 pitches on the list of injured.
The Braves Bats keep Atlanta close
Atlanta plays without its best overall slugger Ronald Acuna Jr, but the Braves continue to hit with force. Atlanta has the seventh-best slugging percentage in baseball at .427 and has scored the 11th most runs with 442, even though the Braves are only 16th on the team average .240. Freddie Freeman leads Atlanta in hits with 98, has the best stroke average with .284 and the most home runs with 22. Ozzie Albies has become Atlanta’s most consistent hitter, leading the Braves to double with 27 while hitting 15 home runs and knocking out team-best 63 runs.
Atlanta has only averaged on the mound this season with the 15th best team ERA at 4.21, the 17th best WHIP at 1.31 and allows opposing hitters to average .242 on the plate, which is 15. Charlie Morton leads Atlanta in victories with 8 and strikes with 122. Getting nodded at the mound Thursday for Atlanta becomes Max Fried. This season is left-handed 7-5 with a 4.29 ERA and 79 strikes.
Phillies Hitters are getting more productive
That Philadelphia Phillies is within 2 ½ games of first place New York in the National League East thanks to far better production too late on the plate. Philadelphia is 14th in the team’s stroke average of .241, slugging percentage at .401 and running scored 422. Rhys Hoskins has been Philadelphia’s most productive hitter, leading the Phillies in both home runs and RBIs with 21 and 57. respectively. After a slow start, Bryce Harper leads Philadelphia with a stroke average of .286 and has 15 home runs and 34 RBIs.
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On the mound, Philadelphia’s team ERA is below the average of .436, which is 18th, and the Phillies have a 1.30 WHIP, which is 14. Philadelphia pitching allows opposing hitters an average of .248 on the plate, which is 21st in baseball. Zack Wheeler has been Philadelphia’s ace this season, leading the Phillies in wins by 7, strikeouts by 152 and having the best ERA from all starting pitchers at 2.44. The Philadelphia Phillies have yet to name a starting pitcher for their game Thursday at home to open a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves.
- Atlanta is 11-5 in the last 16 against a team with a winning record