After an extended road trip, the Philadelphia Phillies return to home turf hoping to face off against an impressive divisional opponent in the Atlanta Braves with confidence. After sweeping the Oakland Athletics over the weekend and beating them 3-2 at RingCentral Coliseum in their last game on Sunday, Philadelphia Phillies hope to add one more victory this time against a Braves squad that is currently on a six-game winning streak.
This National League East Division Series begins Tuesday and continues through Thursday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, and both the Phillies and the Braves possess high-caliber starting pitchers that could play a pivotal role. Philadelphia features Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola while Atlanta counts Charlie Morton and Spencer Strider among their ranks; all will have received sufficient rest before Game 1.
Atlanta keeps getting better. They recently completed a four-game sweep to the Rockies thanks to a blitz of runs, totaling an incredible 40 runs during the series. The Braves are just beginning a six-game road trip. They are 8-2 in their previous 10 decisions and prevailed in their last road series in Detroit.
In the initial match of this significant set of away games, Spencer Strider will be given the green light. Last week, after getting destroyed in his first start against the Tigers, he managed to get the victory as the Braves overturned a sizable hole. On Wednesday, in 5 innings, he allowed 5 runs and 3 homers. For the very first time in his MLB career, Strider allowed 3 home runs.
Philadelphia is in good shape. On their seven-game away journey, they took 6 of them, including a series triumph over the Diamondbacks and a final victory on Sunday over the Athletics to make it 6 victories in a row. They have a fantastic 8-2 record over their past 10 matches and have moved up only a game off of a National League Wildcard position.
For Game 1 of this vital divisional series against the Braves, left-handed pitcher Ranger Suarez will start on the mound. After giving up 4 hits and 2 walks over 7 scoreless innings in Wednesday’s 4-3 victory against Arizona, he was not influential in the decision. In a strong outing versus one of the MLB’s top offenses, he struck out 7 batters. Suarez made his 4th consecutive quality start and pitched his 1st scoreless inning of the season.
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Braves vs Phillies Game Information
- Date: 06/20/2023
- Time: 06:40 PM ET
- Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- How to Watch: Braves vs Phillies MLB.TV
- Live Stream: MLB.TV