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4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, September 12, 2019
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 27,022

Phillies search for split with Braves

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Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies

  1. The Braves and Phillies each have six wins in the season series after Atlanta took two of three in Philadelphia at the end of July. In the 12 games, the Braves are averaging 7.42 runs -- the most runs they've ever averaged against a division opponent in the divisional era since 1969. The most runs they've ever averaged against an NL team in a single season is 9.17 in six games against St. Louis in 2006.
  2. The Braves, who are a victory away from matching last season's win total of 90, have a 2.23 ERA from their starting pitchers in the last 13 games. Their starters have allowed four runs or less in the last 13 games, matching the longest such streak of the season (May 15-28).
  3. Ozzie Albies had two doubles in Atlanta's weekend series with Washington to give him 39 on the year. Already with 92 runs and 75 RBI, he is just one double away from joining Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby in 1928 as the franchise's only second basemen with at least 40 doubles, 90 runs and 75 RBI in a season.
  4. Max Fried, Tuesday's scheduled starter, tossed seven scoreless innings Thursday to beat the Nationals for his 16th win. Fried has won seven consecutive decisions, and no Braves left-handed starter has had a longer stretch in a single season since Mike Hampton won nine straight decisions without a loss in 2003.
  5. The Phillies have pounded out 33 doubles in their last 12 games, the most in the NL since August 27. In 27 games over the last month to August 9, they are averaging 5.8 runs with a .810 OPS after averaging 4.0 runs with a .705 OPS in their first 25 games coming out of the All-Star break.
  6. In 23 games since August 11, J.T. Realmuto is batting .337 with eight homers, nine doubles, 22 RBI and 20 runs. He has scored at least one and driven in at least one run in five straight games, the longest stretch by a Phillies catcher in a single season in the live-ball era.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/9/2019 thru 9/12/2019

The visiting Atlanta Braves will look to clinch a series win when they battle the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday.

The National League East-leading Braves have won two of three in the four-game series, taking Wednesday's game 3-1 as Tyler Flowers ripped a three-run home run.

Atlanta (91-56) owns 19 wins in its past 23 games. Ahead of the second-place Washington Nationals by 9 1/2 games, the Braves are three games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for the top mark in the NL.

"I think, as a team, we would like to get the best record in the National League to set you up for home-field advantage," Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson said.

The red-hot Braves continue to win as the regular season winds down. They're clearly not looking ahead to the playoffs, not with 15 games remaining.

"This is what you sign up for," Atlanta catcher Brian McCann said. "This is what you love. You get into September baseball and you're close to the finish line. We've done a great job from day one."

The Braves will hand the ball Thursday to right-hander Julio Teheran (10-8, 3.31 ERA). On Saturday in a 5-4 win over the Nationals, Teheran tossed six innings and gave up three hits and one run. He struck out eight and walked one.

"We all know that we have a great team and obviously I wanted to do my job," Teheran said after the victory. "To look back now over 30 starts and see consistency I've been having, I'm proud of myself for the work I've been doing."

Teheran lost his lone start against the Phillies this season, giving up three runs in five innings on Opening Day, March 28. In his career, Teheran is 9-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 appearances (23 starts) vs. Philadelphia.

The Phillies, despite the Wednesday loss, are still only two games out of a playoff position. However, both the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are now tied for the second NL wild card, and Philadelphia is tied with the New York Mets in pursuit.

Philadelphia (75-70) will send Drew Smyly to the mound to try and salvage a series split. The left-hander is 4-6 with a 6.20 ERA, but he is coming off one of his best performances with the Phillies.

Smyly pitched seven shutout innings Saturday in a 5-0 road win over the Mets. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two.

"I think it's worth noting that Smyly pitched with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "I think we all kind of came in with a little bit of a chip on our shoulders with similar emotion happening in the dugout and throughout the clubhouse."

Even though the defense wasn't particularly sharp Saturday, Smyly pitched out of trouble. That hasn't always been the case for Phillies starters this season.

"I think Smyly should be applauded for bailing us out when we didn't make a couple plays behind him," Kapler said.

This will be Smyly's first appearance against the Braves this season. It will be his second career outing against the Braves, the other being a 2013 relief outing in which he struck out both batters he faced.

Both teams might be without an outfielder Thursday.

Phillies left fielder Corey Dickerson left the Wednesday game after fouling a ball off his left foot. X-rays were negative, but he was to undergo further tests Thursday.

Braves left fielder Johan Camargo, who exited Wednesday after fouling a ball off his right shin, is listed as day-to-day.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 12, 2019

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