Phillies v. Braves
Place: 5th in NL East
Last 10: 4-6
- The Phillies have posted a 13-9 record in their last 22 games against the National League East after going going 13-28 against the division between May 11th and August 9th.
- Philadelphia is currently 34-41 against the NL East overall this season and have guaranteed their third-consecutive losing season in the division.
- The Phillies have fallen 21 games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.
- Philadelphia has posted a 11-14 record in the month of September after going 14-13 in August.
- Holding onto late leads has been a strength of the Phillies going 58-5 when leading after eight innings but they are just 4-72 when trailing after eight.
- Scoring first has shown to be a good sign for Philadelphia as they are 47-27 when getting on the board first but just 26-61 when falling behind.
- Ryan Howard had a great game at the plate going 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.
- Chase Utley had a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.
- Wil Nieves had a two-hit night going 2-for-3.
- Ben Revere went 1-for-4 on the night dropping his batting average to .307.
- A.J. Burnett's 18 losses are the most since Steve Carlton lost 20 games in 1973.
Place: 2nd in NL East
Last 10: 3-7
- The Braves are currently skidding. They are a Major League-worst 6-18 in the month of September and have now fallen into a tie with the New York Mets for second place in the National League East.
- Atlanta has been held to two or fewer runs in 64 games this season including 12 of their last 18 games. They are 8-55 in those games.
- The Braves are 17 games out of first place in the NL East. The last time they were this far back was in 2008 when they finished 72-90 and finished 20 games back of the Phillies.
- Atlanta has posted 110 quality starts this season, leading the Majors.
- It is the first time since 2003 the Braves have ended their season in Philadelphia. Prior to 2003, the last time the Braves ended their season in Philadelphia was 1993 when they lost Game 6 of the NLCS to Philadelphia.
- Justin Upton had a monster game for the Braves going 2-for-4 with a double, a two-run game-winning home run and two runs scored.
- His older brother B.J. hit a solo home run going 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Both Upton brothers also recorded outfield assists becoming the first brothers since 1900 to each record an outfield assist and home run in the same game.
- Jason Heyward was 2-for-3 with a walk and his 20th stolen base of the season.
- Freddie Freeman added another hit gong 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
0-2, 3.19 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
Russell, 28, last pitched on Thursday against the Pirates throwing 1.1 shutout innings allowing just two hits. Today's start will be Russell's third appearance since Wednesday. In 15 career games (no starts) against the Phillies, he is 0-0 with a 1.86 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. He has not allowed a run in six career games at Citizens Bank Park.
9-8, 2.47 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
Hamels, 30, allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and four strikeouts in seven innings of work in Tuesday's 2-0 loss to the Marlins. In 34 career games (33 starts) against the Braves, Hamels is 16-8 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP. In 133 career starts at Citizens Bank Park, he is 54-41 with a 3.29 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP.