The Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves meet Friday in MLB action from SunTrust Park. This will be the second installment in a four-game weekend series. On Thursday in the opener, the Braves notched a three-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Phillies played the Diamondbacks this week, losing two of three games with a 6-5 win in the finale. On Thursday versus the Braves, Philly gave up three in the eighth during a tough loss 8-5. Aaron Nola managed 6.0 innings in the start with five earned on eight hits and two walks.
For the starter job on Friday it’ll be Taijuan Walker. This year in 10 starts Walker is 3-2 with a 5.79 ERA and 42 Ks in 46.2 innings. Walker is 57-52 with a 3.98 career ERA in 177 games (173 starts).
Over on the Atlanta side, they also dropped two of three in their last set—this time versus the Dodgers. In the Thursday matchup the Braves out-hit Philadelphia 12-11 in the victory. Starter Dylan Dodd finished with 5.0 innings, seven hits, one walk and four earned runs.
Jared Shuster will take the mound for the Braves on Friday. Over four starts this year (the first four of his career), Shuster is 1-2 with a 5.49 ERA and 15 Ks in 19.2 innings total.
The Phillies are 36-17 in the last 53 Friday games and 2-9 in their last 11 road games versus a lefty starter. The under is 4-1 in Philly’s last five in game two of a series.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 61-18 in their last 79 versus a team with a losing record and 45-16 in their last 61 in game two of a series. Atlanta is 56-25 in their last 81 at home.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stay with Atlanta here. I could go either way, though. The Braves should get a decent outing from Shuster in game two. He’s got 11.0 combined innings over his last pair with four earned on four hits and three walks. As for Walker, he didn’t last long against the Giants on May 17 (0.2 innings; four earned) but bounced back with a solid effort his last time up. On Thursday, the Braves gave up three in the second inning but were otherwise solid the rest of the way. I like Atlanta to keep it going in game two.