2:27 PM EDT, Sat September 22, 2018
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Braves vs. Phillies game thread 9/22/2018

Braves vs. Phillies game thread 9/22/2018

Folty vs. Arrieta If I had told you back in March that the Braves were going to outright win the NL East title you most likely would’ve laughed in my face. Well, it is time to see if the Braves can have the last laugh. Feel free to join in the ongoing conversation below as you take in this epic finish to a brilliant 2018 campaign. In case you missed it earlier today, we broke down the pitching matchup and the teams released their lineups. You can find links to those stories right here: Preview | Lineups It is the first day of fall in the United States so we’ll have to see if things...
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Kurt Suzuki gets the start in high stakes matinee

Kurt Suzuki gets the start in high stakes matinee

It’ll be Kurt Suzuki’s turn to catch Mike Foltynewicz today. The Braves have become an offensive juggernaut over the last couple of games again thanks in part to going up against a Phillies staff that has completely fallen apart over the last month. The lineup you see today very well could be the starters in game one of the NLDS. However, if the Braves clinch today you can expect to see them give some guys rest between now and the playoffs. Here is how Atlanta will go for the title: A win today wins the East.#ChopOn https://t.co/c0tQFCkFaf pic.twitter.com/JgtMhsXuso— Atlanta Braves...
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Braves send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound looking for a division title

Braves send Mike Foltynewicz to the mound looking for a division title

It’s been five long years... Well here we are. It’s a little unbelievable to think about, but the Braves are on the verge of clinching the NL East title for the first time since 2013 and they’ll have their ace on the mound to attempt it. Mike Foltynewicz is having a breakout season to say the least with an ERA of 2.90 over 170 innings while striking out 188 batters. ‘Folty’ is up to 3.3 fWAR which is by far the most of any Braves pitcher, so Atlanta couldn’t have lined up a better scenario than to have their best and brightest on the mound in a must win game. The Phillies will...
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Braves News: Magic number at 2, Ronald Acuña Jr’s adjustments and more

Braves News: Magic number at 2, Ronald Acuña Jr’s adjustments and more

Braves closing in on division title. Atlanta Braves News Camargo comes through in the clutch as Braves beat Phillies, 6-5 The Atlanta Braves battled back from a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Friday night at SunTrust Park. The Braves increased their division lead to 7.5 games and reduced their magic number to 2. They can clinch the NL East division with a win on Saturday. This adjustment made all the difference for Acuna Ronald Acuña Jr. has had a huge second half and an adjustment he made with his batting stance during the All-Star break might be a big reason why....
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Camargo comes through in the clutch as Braves beat Phillies, 6-5

Camargo comes through in the clutch as Braves beat Phillies, 6-5

The Magic Number is now down to just 2 after a wild seventh inning went the Braves way A seesaw seventh inning really shook this game up, but eventually the seesaw slung the Phillies off of it and the Braves were the ones left on the machine after scoring five runs in the seventh to eventually win 6-5. Like an old car sputtering to get going on a frigid morning during the Winter, that’s how Julio Teheran has been when it comes to the first inning of games this season. He was once again victimized in the first inning by his opposition and it happened on the very first at-bat as Cesar...
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Game Thread 9/21/18: Braves vs. Phillies

Game Thread 9/21/18: Braves vs. Phillies

The saga continues. After picking up a crucial victory last night, the Braves are imminently about to take the field an effort to pick up yet another golden victory over the Phillies. A win tonight would knock that Magic Number down to two, which would then put the Braves just one further victory away from sealing the division on home soil. But before we can get to that, the Braves have to win tonight and now it’s time to discuss what could be the next step on the path to the postseason.
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Phillies bring out the Bour against Braves

Phillies bring out the Bour against Braves

Justin Bour has only started a handful of games for the Phillies. He’s getting the nod tonight against the Braves. Go figure. In the preview for tonight’s game, I noted that Justin Bour could be seen as a potential pinch-hitting threat to Julio Teheran and the Braves tonight. As it turns out, he won’t be coming off of the bench — he’ll be starting. Philadelphia’s August acquisition will be hitting cleanup for them this evening. Phillies lineup tonight vs. Braves:Hernandez 4Hoskins 7Cabrera 6Bour 3Santana 5Ramos 2Herrera 9Pivetta 1Quinn 8— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki)...
Sep 21, 2018
Teheran, Braves attempt to slice Magic Number in half against Phillies

Teheran, Braves attempt to slice Magic Number in half against Phillies

After cutting the Magic Number down to just 4 with a win last night, a good performance from Julio Teheran and the rest of the Braves could have them tantalizingly close to a divisional title. With the Magic Number for clinching the division chopped down to four after last night’s comfortable win over the Phillies, the Braves are now looking to keep things going in the right direction — a direction that is pointing directly towards a divisional title. If the Braves are going to continue lopping that number down, they’ll have to put some balls past the defense playing behind an old...
Sep 21, 2018
Who should make the Braves’ playoff roster?

Who should make the Braves’ playoff roster?

With just nine games remaining in the regular season, it’s okay to look ahead at how the Braves may construct their postseason roster. The Braves, after a huge win over the Phillies on Thursday, are now on the brink of clinching the NL East title with their magic number at just four to eliminate Philadelphia. Thursday’s win was a prime example of how great a factor depth can play down the stretch, and in the playoffs roster depth is even more crucial. The Atlanta roster is currently inflated with September call-ups, but in just over a week the club will be forced to pare down to a...
Sep 21, 2018
Braves News: Gausman’s strong start helps Atlanta decrease magic number

Braves News: Gausman’s strong start helps Atlanta decrease magic number

With two more wins in the series Atlanta will clinch the NL East. Braves News Atlanta’s magic number falls to four The Braves kept pace with Philly through the first six innings and then exploded with 5 runs in the final four frames to take game one of this must win series for the Braves. With 10 games remaining in the season the Braves have their magic number down to just four. Braves skip Newcomb’s next start Atlanta’s management team has decided to give the struggling Sean Newcomb a break and skip his next scheduled start on Saturday. With Touki Toussaint’s brilliant start this...
Sep 21, 2018
Kevin Gausman: ‘It’s fun and these games mean a lot’

Kevin Gausman: ‘It’s fun and these games mean a lot’

Braves take Game 1 from the Phillies 8-3 A four-run eighth provided the Atlanta Braves plenty of insurance in an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday night at SunTrust Park. Kevin Gausman allowed three runs over 6.1 innings and retired the last 11 men he faced. Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte and Dansby Swanson all finished with two hits each. The win gives the Braves a 6.5 game cushion in the NL East division and reduces their magic number to four. “It’s fun and these games mean a lot. As a player that is all you can ask for.” — Kevin Gausman was good on the mound...
Sep 20, 2018
Magic number at 4 as Braves defeat Phillies 8-3

Magic number at 4 as Braves defeat Phillies 8-3

Braves score four in the eighth to secure huge win The Atlanta Braves erupted for four runs in the eighth inning to help secure an 8-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Braves now lead the division by 6.5 games and reduced their magic-number to four. Both teams got off to good starts with the Phillies striking first against Kevin Gausman. Rhys Hoskins worked a one out walk and then advanced to third on a single by Asdrubal Cabrera. Hoskins then scored on a groundout by Carlos Santana to put the Phillies in front 1-0. Atlanta answered back in the bottom of the frame. Nick...
Sep 20, 2018
Phillies vs Braves game thread

Phillies vs Braves game thread

Freddie Freeman looks to continue his hot streak tonight against the Phillies. The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves meet for the first time since the end of May Thursday night when they open a four-game series at SunTrust Park. Kevin Gausman will be on the mound for the Braves and will be opposed by Phillies’ right-hander Vince Velasquez. Atlanta enters tonight’s game with a 5.5 game lead and a magic-number of six to clinch the NL East division. Coverage is slated to get underway at 7:35 p.m. ET and the game can be seen on Fox Sports Southeast. PREVIEW | LINEUPS
Sep 20, 2018
Braves juggling weekend rotation against Phillies

Braves juggling weekend rotation against Phillies

Braves will skip Sean Newcomb on Saturday. With perhaps their biggest series of the season on tap, the Atlanta Braves will juggle their rotation for this weekend’s games. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports that Atlanta will skip Sean Newcomb’s scheduled start with Mike Foltynewicz moving up to pitch on Saturday. Anibal Sanchez is now slated to start in Sunday’s series finale against Aaron Nola. Kevin Gausman will make Thursday’s start with Julio Teheran scheduled to go on Friday. The Braves are skipping Newcomb's next start. Folty will start Saturday. Sanchez will start Sunday's...
Sep 20, 2018
Ender Inciarte hitting second in series opener against Phillies

Ender Inciarte hitting second in series opener against Phillies

Inciarte hits second in Thursday’s series opener. The Atlanta Braves will open a key four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies Thursday night at SunTrust Park. Kevin Gausman will be on the mound for Atlanta while the Phillies will go with right-hander Vince Velasquez. Brian Snitker will roll out his normal lineup for the series opener with Ender Inciarte slotted in the No. 2 spot in the order behind Ronald Acuna Jr. Inciarte is hitting has hit .284/.347/.448 with a wRC+ of 112 over 18 games in September. Kurt Suzuki is also back in the lineup catching and hitting sixth. Game...