Phillies @ Braves
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 6-4
- Scoring first has been big for the Phillies as they are 28-16 when getting on the board first but just 15-37 when allowing the opponent to score first.
- Philadelphia is 2-45 when trailing after eight innings this season.
- However, they've done a good job of holding on to late leads going 33-3 when leading after eight innings.
- Starters going deep into games has not exactly been a guaranteed victory for the Phillies as they are just 24-23 when the starter goes longer than six innings.
- Out-hitting an opponent seems to be key as Philadelphia is 30-12 when out-hitting opponents but 8-37 when getting outhit.
- The Phillies have the best second-half record in the National League over the last 10 years going 423-305.
- Philadelphia has the best second-half record in Major League Baseball since 2008 going 250-181.
- Grady Sizemore had another strong game for the Phillies in the leadoff spot last night going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double and a run scored.
- Jimmy Rollins provided the Phillies offense for the night going 1-for-4 with a two-run home run.
- Marlon Byrd helped his trade value by going 2-for-4 on the night.
- Dom Brown also put forth a multi-hit effort going 2-for-4.
Place: 1st in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- Atlanta is 7-5 this season and are 1,231-1,122-15 all-time against Philadelphia.
- Atlanta has taken five of their last six 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 66 in 97 games (68.0%).
- 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 332-251, which ranks second in the Majors.
- Justin Upton provided a spark for the Braves going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
- Chris Johnson was 1-for-3 on the night with an RBI double that scored Upton.
- Tommy La Stella's only hit of the night was a double in the fifth inning.
- The only other Brave to record a hit was B.J. Upton who went 1-for-4.
- Jason Heyward had his hit streak snapped at eight games last night.
4-9, 4.62 ERA, 1.35 WHIP
Kendrick, 29, allowed five runs on five hits with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work in Sunday's loss to the Nationals. In 23 career games (17 starts) against the Braves, Kendrick is 8-3 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. In 12 career games (seven starts) at Turner Field, he is 4-0 with a 2.47 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
6-7, 3.36 ERA, 1.20 WHIP
Wood, 23, allowed four runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work last Friday against the Cubs. In eight career games (three starts) against the Phillies, Wood is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. In 26 career games (11 starts) at Turner Field, he is 5-6 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.