Braves Look to Sweep Pirates Wednesday

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Swanson on a Roll for First Place Braves

The Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates will wrap up their 3-game series on Wednesday night when they meet at PNC Park. The Braves have won the first two contests 1-0, and 6-1 last night.

Atlanta has rebounded from a four-game home sweep by Colorado. They have won the first two contests of a two-city, seven-game road trip. The Braves enter Wednesday winners of 16 of its past 24 games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS Southeast (Atlanta), AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.24 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Trevor Williams (10-9, 3.53)

Odds: The Pirates as -117-moneyline favorites versus the Braves. The game’s total opened at 8. Now the Braves are -117-moneyline favorites and the total is at 8Over -125.

Pirates Just have ZERO Offense

Pittsburgh had allowed only one run in each of its previous five games. Thanks in part to outstanding work from its bullpen. That ended on Tuesday when Pirates relievers saw their stretch of 16 2/3 scoreless innings end with three runs off Michael Feliz in the seventh.

Left fielder Corey Dickerson is hitting .379 during his current seven-game hitting streak.

The Pirates have scored just 15 runs while losing seven of their past nine games.

Williams put together a solid first half of the season. He has been outstanding in five starts since the All-Star break. He has gone 3-2 with a 0.87 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.

The 26-year-old is 1-2 so far in August despite giving up only three runs over 19 innings. He has allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts across seven innings Friday in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Williams has faced the Braves twice in his career (one start and one relief outing in 2017), surrendering three runs on seven hits in seven innings.

Francisco Cervelli finished 1-for-3 with a double Tuesday and is hitting .390 lifetime against the Braves.

Braves Get Output Up and Down the Lineup

First baseman Freddie Freeman leads the National League in hits with 155, and batting average at .321. The Braves continue to lead Philadelphia in the NL East.

There has been criticism levied at Dansby Swanson for his offensive struggles this season, and rightly so. The Braves shortstop is finding his rhythm at just the right time entering Wednesday’s series finale at the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Swanson has stayed in the starting lineup thanks mostly to his defensive work. The youngster recorded the first multi-homer game of his career in Tuesday’s 6-1 victory. He is hitting .360 with three homers and 10 RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.

Julio Teheran finally has found consistency after alternating good starts and bad ones for most of the season. He has put together a four-game stretch in which he has posted a 3.42 ERA with only three homers allowed in 23 2/3 innings.

The 27-year-old is 1-0 in that stretch with three consecutive no-decisions. The latest was Thursday against Colorado when he gave up two runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings.

Teheran is 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against Pittsburgh.

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Recent Form

Teamrecordmoneyvs LHPvs RHPFaveDogO/UDiff
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

J Teheran (8-7) ERA: 4.24

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Aug 16, 2018COLL3-5U7-$100.00
Aug 11, 2018MILL2-4U6-$100.00
Aug 5, 2018NYMW5-4O5.2$70.00

Trevor Williams (10-9) ERA: 3.53

event dateOpponentResultscoreOU Resultipmoney
Aug 17, 2018CHCL0-1U7-$100.00
Aug 11, 2018SFW4-0U7$119.00
Aug 5, 2018STLL1-2U5-$100.00


Atlanta’s relievers have pitched 7.1 innings in the last 3 games.
Pittsburgh’s relievers have pitched 13 innings in the last 3 games.
Pitcher Recent Starts Vs Opponent

Atlanta Braves – J Teheran

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
May 24, 201712-5PIT643026No Decision
Apr 9, 20176-5PIT762014No Decision
May 18, 20163-1ATL7.250003Win
Jun 27, 20158-4PIT696615Loss
Jun 6, 20155-4ATL7.154405No Decision

Pittsburgh Pirates – Trevor Williams

DatescoreWinneriphitsRunsEarned RunswalksstrikeoutsDecision
May 24, 201712-5PIT563306No Decision


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense4.8254.4117
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense4.8174.078
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense4.38194.1010
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense4.07234.039

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineO/UAway PitcherHome PitcherAway HitsHome HitsAway WalksHome WalksAway StrikeoutsHome Strikeouts
Aug 21, 2018ATL6PIT11137.5UKevin Gausman (R)Ivan Nova (R)853267
Aug 20, 2018ATL1PIT0-1288UBryse Wilson (R)Chris Archer (R)1072458
May 25, 2017PIT9ATL4-1109OIvan Nova (R)Bartolo Colon (R)13114162
May 24, 2017PIT12ATL5-1469OTrevor Williams (R)Julio Teheran (R)1412721013
May 23, 2017PIT5ATL6-1079.5OTyler Glasnow (R)R.A. Dickey (R)15154356
May 22, 2017PIT2ATL51208.5UGerrit Cole (R)Mike Foltynewicz (R)8133383
Apr 9, 2017ATL5PIT6-1308OJulio Teheran (R)Gerrit Cole (R)13112374
Apr 8, 2017ATL4PIT6-1478.5OR.A. Dickey (R)Chad Kuhl (R)11106475
Apr 7, 2017ATL4PIT5-1398OMike Foltynewicz (R)Ivan Nova (R)10110462
Aug 4, 2016PIT2ATL51179URyan Vogelsong (R)Tyrell Jenkins (R)565336

MLB Betting Odds and Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Atlanta Braves

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 106-44-42-05-41-03-70-16-3
vs Div40-1923-817-1122-819-1127-28-48-532-14
vs AL7-82-35-54-33-59-64-43-4
vs NL63-4732-2531-2235-2430-2351-54-514-1649-31

Pittsburgh Pirates

recordHomeAwayFaveDogO/Uvs LHPvs RHP
Last 103-72-41-32-31-41-92-21-5
vs Div30-2120-1210-915-816-1220-28-34-926-12
vs AL12-55-27-310-33-210-73-09-5
vs NL51-5930-3121-2828-2425-3448-54-813-2238-37
Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Braves

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 21, 2018PIT6-1W-1237.5K Gausman8I NovaA
Aug 20, 2018PIT1-0W1188Bryse Wilson5C ArcherA
Aug 19, 2018COL2-4L-1308A Sanchez6.2German MarquezH
Aug 18, 2018COL3-5L-1568.5M Foltynewicz7Antonio SenzatelaH
Aug 17, 2018COL5-11L-1268.5Sean Newcomb5.1Kyle FreelandH

Pittsburgh Pirates

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalstarteripopposing starterLocation
Aug 21, 2018ATL1-6L1137.5I Nova6K GausmanH
Aug 20, 2018ATL0-1L-1288C Archer4Bryse WilsonH
Aug 19, 2018CHC2-1W-1188Jameson Taillon6J QuintanaH
Aug 18, 2018CHC3-1W-1468.5Joe Musgrove7T ChatwoodH
Aug 17, 2018CHC0-1L1158Trevor Williams7C HamelsH

Next up:
Atlanta at Miami Thursday, August 23
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee Friday, August 24

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