The Philadelphia Phillies (90-75) are on the road to face the Atlanta Braves (101-62) at Truist Park on Wednesday in Game 2 of their National League Divisional Playoffs series with the visitors looking to extend their advantage. The Phillies took Tuesday’s series opener 7-6, their ninth head-to-head victory in 20 games this season. Seranthony Dominguez threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win. Bryce Harper was 3 for 3 with a double and one run in the win, stretching his on-base streak to 10 games. Nick Castellanos went 3 for 5 with a double, one run, and three RBIs. Matt Olson went 2 for 3 with a home run, two runs, and three RBIs for the Braves. Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3 for 4 with a double and one run.
ON THE MOUND
Zack Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) is set for the start for Philadelphia. The RHP threw 6.1 scoreless innings in his last start, a 6-3 home win over the Cardinals on Friday. He yielded two hits while striking out four and walking one in the no-decision. Over three previous starts against the Braves this season, Wheeler has allowed only six earned runs over 20 innings (2-0, 2.70). He has struck out 25 and walked one. For Atlanta, right-hander Kyle Wright (21-5, 3.19 ERA) will toe the rubber. He has made three appearances against the Phillies this season, all starts, giving up six runs over 19 innings (2-1, 2.84) with 15 strikeouts and seven walks. In his last start on October 1, Wright got the win at home against the Mets. He threw five innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out three and walking one in the 4-2 victory. The righty is tied for the league lead in wins.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Philadelphia has averaged only 3.4 runs a game, down from their season average of 4.6, while slashing worse across the board (.183/.251/.261). Against righties like Wright this season, the Phils have a .727 OPS. Kyle Schwarber is the team’s most productive hitter against right-handers with a .900 OPS in 380 at-bats. Atlanta is averaging only 4.4 runs per game in the last five, down slightly from 4.9 for the season. The Braves have a .753 OPS against right-handers in 2022, fourth highest in the league. With a .824 OPS over 433 at-bats, Olson has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Philadelphia is on a three-game winning streak in road games, bringing their record to 43-41 in 2022. The Phils have scored 4.4 runs per game away from home, while allowing 4.3 runs. Atlanta has gone 55-27 at home this season, averaging 4.9 runs per game while surrendering 3.5. Atlanta is 6-4 in the last 10 games between the NL East rivals at Truist Park with an average scoreline of 5.4-3.8.
The Braves won the NL East. The Phillies finished third in the NL East.
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