Phillies @ Braves
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 5-5
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 27-15 when getting on the board first but just 15-37 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 2-44 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 32-3 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 23-23 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 29-12 when out-hitting opponents but 8-36 when getting outhit.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 422-304.
- Philadelphia has the best second-half record in Major League Baseball since 2008 going 249-180.
Place: 1st in NL East
Last 10: 5-5
- Atlanta is 6-4 this season and are 1,230-1,121-15 all-time against Philadelphia.
- The Braves have taken the last four games from the Phillies.
- Starting pitching has been a strength for the Braves this season as they lead Major League Baseball in quality starts with 65 in 95 games (68.4%).
- Atlanta opens up an 11-game homestand with a three-game series against the Phillies to kick off the second half of their season.
- The Braves boast the youngest team in the National League with an average age of 27 years and 279 days.
- Under manager Freddy Gonzalez, who took over the team in 2011, the Braves have the best record in the National League in that time at 331-250, which ranks second in the Majors.
6-8, 3.83 ERA, 1.33 WHIP
Burnett, 37, allowed two runs on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts over 7.2 innings in a win over the Nationals last Friday. In 22 career games (21 starts) against the Braves, Burnett is 5-12 with a 3.90 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. In 13 career starts at Turner Field, he is 1-9 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.
7-6, 4.01 ERA, 1.26 WHIP
Santana, 31, allowed four runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over seven innings in a loss to the Mets last Wednesday. In four career starts against the Phillies, Santana is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. In seven career starts at Turner Field, he is 4-2 with a 4.02 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.