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

Team record money vs LHP vs RHP Fave Dog O/U Diff
Atlanta 70-55 $1,612.00 18-20 52-35 39-31 31-24 60-60-5 0.72
Pittsburgh 63-64 -$174.00 16-22 47-42 38-31 25-33 58-61-8 -0.03
Pitchers Last 3 Starts

J Teheran (8-7) ERA: 4.24

event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Aug 16, 2018 COL L 3-5 U 7 -$100.00
Aug 11, 2018 MIL L 2-4 U 6 -$100.00
Aug 5, 2018 NYM W 5-4 O 5.2 $70.00

Trevor Williams (10-9) ERA: 3.53

event date Opponent Result score OU Result ip money
Aug 17, 2018 CHC L 0-1 U 7 -$100.00
Aug 11, 2018 SF W 4-0 U 7 $119.00
Aug 5, 2018 STL L 1-2 U 5 -$100.00

Bullpen

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

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
May 24, 2017 12-5 PIT 6 4 3 0 2 6 No Decision
Apr 9, 2017 6-5 PIT 7 6 2 0 1 4 No Decision
May 18, 2016 3-1 ATL 7.2 5 0 0 0 3 Win
Jun 27, 2015 8-4 PIT 6 9 6 6 1 5 Loss
Jun 6, 2015 5-4 ATL 7.1 5 4 4 0 5 No Decision

Pittsburgh Pirates – Trevor Williams

Date score Winner ip hits Runs Earned Runs walks strikeouts Decision
May 24, 2017 12-5 PIT 5 6 3 3 0 6 No Decision

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 4.82 5 4.41 17
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 4.81 7 4.07 8
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 4.38 19 4.10 10
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 4.07 23 4.03 9

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line O/U Away Pitcher Home Pitcher Away Hits Home Hits Away Walks Home Walks Away Strikeouts Home Strikeouts
Aug 21, 2018 ATL 6 PIT 1 113 7.5 U Kevin Gausman (R) Ivan Nova (R) 8 5 3 2 6 7
Aug 20, 2018 ATL 1 PIT 0 -128 8 U Bryse Wilson (R) Chris Archer (R) 10 7 2 4 5 8
May 25, 2017 PIT 9 ATL 4 -110 9 O Ivan Nova (R) Bartolo Colon (R) 13 11 4 1 6 2
May 24, 2017 PIT 12 ATL 5 -146 9 O Trevor Williams (R) Julio Teheran (R) 14 12 7 2 10 13
May 23, 2017 PIT 5 ATL 6 -107 9.5 O Tyler Glasnow (R) R.A. Dickey (R) 15 15 4 3 5 6
May 22, 2017 PIT 2 ATL 5 120 8.5 U Gerrit Cole (R) Mike Foltynewicz (R) 8 13 3 3 8 3
Apr 9, 2017 ATL 5 PIT 6 -130 8 O Julio Teheran (R) Gerrit Cole (R) 13 11 2 3 7 4
Apr 8, 2017 ATL 4 PIT 6 -147 8.5 O R.A. Dickey (R) Chad Kuhl (R) 11 10 6 4 7 5
Apr 7, 2017 ATL 4 PIT 5 -139 8 O Mike Foltynewicz (R) Ivan Nova (R) 10 11 0 4 6 2
Aug 4, 2016 PIT 2 ATL 5 117 9 U Ryan Vogelsong (R) Tyrell Jenkins (R) 5 6 5 3 3 6

MLB Betting Odds and Trends

Team Vs Division Or Conference

Atlanta Braves

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 70-55 34-28 36-27 39-27 33-28 60-60-5 18-20 52-35
Last 10 6-4 4-4 2-0 5-4 1-0 3-7 0-1 6-3
vs Div 40-19 23-8 17-11 22-8 19-11 27-28-4 8-5 32-14
vs AL 7-8 2-3 5-5 4-3 3-5 9-6 4-4 3-4
vs NL 63-47 32-25 31-22 35-24 30-23 51-54-5 14-16 49-31

Pittsburgh Pirates

record Home Away Fave Dog O/U vs LHP vs RHP
Overall 63-64 35-33 28-31 38-27 28-36 58-61-8 16-22 47-42
Last 10 3-7 2-4 1-3 2-3 1-4 1-9 2-2 1-5
vs Div 30-21 20-12 10-9 15-8 16-12 20-28-3 4-9 26-12
vs AL 12-5 5-2 7-3 10-3 3-2 10-7 3-0 9-5
vs NL 51-59 30-31 21-28 28-24 25-34 48-54-8 13-22 38-37
Team Last 5 Games

Atlanta Braves

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Aug 21, 2018 PIT 6-1 W -123 7.5 K Gausman 8 I Nova A
Aug 20, 2018 PIT 1-0 W 118 8 Bryse Wilson 5 C Archer A
Aug 19, 2018 COL 2-4 L -130 8 A Sanchez 6.2 German Marquez H
Aug 18, 2018 COL 3-5 L -156 8.5 M Foltynewicz 7 Antonio Senzatela H
Aug 17, 2018 COL 5-11 L -126 8.5 Sean Newcomb 5.1 Kyle Freeland H

Pittsburgh Pirates

Date Opponent score Result line Total starter ip opposing starter Location
Aug 21, 2018 ATL 1-6 L 113 7.5 I Nova 6 K Gausman H
Aug 20, 2018 ATL 0-1 L -128 8 C Archer 4 Bryse Wilson H
Aug 19, 2018 CHC 2-1 W -118 8 Jameson Taillon 6 J Quintana H
Aug 18, 2018 CHC 3-1 W -146 8.5 Joe Musgrove 7 T Chatwood H
Aug 17, 2018 CHC 0-1 L 115 8 Trevor Williams 7 C Hamels H

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

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