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  W: N. Pivetta (7-10)   L: L. Gohara (1-3)   S: H. Neris (24)
10:35 AM PT11:35 AM MT12:35 PM CT1:35 PM ET13:35 ET17:35 GMT1:35 10:35 AM MST12:35 PM EST1:05 PM VEN21:35 UAE12:35 PM CT, September 24, 2017
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 33,183

Braves bid to sweep Phillies in final home game

According to STATS
According to STATS

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves

  1. For the first time since 2011, the Phillies will finish with a winning record against the Braves during the regular season (currently 12-4). Philadelphia's pitchers have recorded a quality start in 62.5 percent (10/16) of its games against Atlanta this season, but have only done so in 38.0 percent (52/137) of its games against all other clubs.
  2. The Braves are 35-43 (.449) at home with an ERA of 4.94 this season, which are both the third worst in MLB. The Phillies are 26-52 (.333) on the road this season, which is the second worst in MLB (Giants, 24-51).
  3. Ben Lively ranks fourth among rookies in September with a .188 opponent batting average (minimum 50 batters faced). Lively pitched a quality start in a losing effort against Atlanta earlier this season (3 ER, 7.0 IP).
  4. Sean Newcomb has struck out 96 batters in his first 17 career games, which is the second most by a Brave since 1913 (2010-11 Brandon Beachy -- 100). Newcomb is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts against the Phillies this season.
  5. After hitting 18 home runs in his first 34 games, Rhys Hoskins has failed to get one over the fence in his last seven outings, the longest drought of his career. If Hoskins can hit two home runs by the end of the season, he will be the fastest to 20 home runs all-time (Cody Bellinger, Gary Sanchez, Wally Berger -- 51 games).
  6. Freddie Freeman has a .606 slugging percentage this season, which ranks third in MLB (among qualifiers) and is the highest by a Brave since Chipper Jones in 1999 (.633). Before this season (2010-16), Freeman had a .303 career batting average against Philadelphia. However, he is batting just .191 (9/47) against the Phillies this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/22/2017 thru 9/24/2017

ATLANTA -- Two highly regarded rookies will close out the first season at SunTrust Park on Sunday.

Philadelphia will send right-hander Nick Pivetta (6-10, 6.57 ERA) to the mound against Atlanta left-hander Luiz Gohara (1-2, 6.00) in the finale of a three-game series. It will be Atlanta's final home game this year at SunTrust, where they have posted a 37-43 mark.

Atlanta has won the first two games of the series. The Braves have won four straight contests against the Phillies after winning only two of their first 14 meetings. Atlanta's last three-game sweep over Philadelphia came in September 2016.

Pivetta will make his 25th start of the season. The rookie was promoted in late April has been a steady contributor since joining the rotation. Pivetta was acquired by the team in a 2015 trade with Washington that sent reliever Jonathan Papelbon to the Nationals.

Pivetta won his last start on Sept. 18, posting a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pivetta allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight in six innings against the Dodgers.

Pivetta is trying to ensure his place in the Philadelphia rotation for 2018. He struggled mightily during five August starts when he was 1-3 with an 11.57 ERA. He's been better in four September starts, going 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA.

"He needs to understand how to continue to carry that through five, six, seven or even eight innings," Philadelphia manager Pete Mackanin said. "That's when you get to be a real solid starter. He's a young pitcher. It's his first year in the big leagues. He's going to get it. He's going to be good."

Consistency is the problem with Pivetta, who average 9.52 strikeouts per nine innings. He's had double-digit strikeouts twice, including a career-high 11 against the Padres on Aug. 16.

Pivetta has made two starts against Atlanta this season. He's 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA and beat the Braves on July 31 when he allowed one run in six innings.

Gohara has less major league experience as he will be making his fourth start and is trying to put himself in consideration for inclusion in the 2018 starting rotation. Gohara was acquired from Seattle, which was growing impatient with the beefy 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect.

Gohara, 21, has breezed through the club's minor league system. He began in Single-A and was pitching with Triple-A Gwinnett before being called up on Sept 4. He was 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA in 26 minor league appearances with three clubs in 2017.

Since being thrust into the starting rotation, Gohara has faced some good hitters. He made his debut against the Rangers and has two starts against Washington. His best game came on Sept. 13 when he outpitched Washington's Max Scherzer and allowed one run in six innings.

"He battles," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. "He's a strike thrower. He gets the ball over the plate. I thought he was a little sharper the other day in Washington, but he's still pretty good."

It could be the final home game for Snitker, who is nearing the end of a one-year contract to manage the team. Snitker, who has spent 40 years with the Braves organization, said he would like to return.

The Braves finish the season with four games in New York and four in Miami. Philadelphia returns home for three-game series against Washington and the New York Mets.

Updated September 24, 2017

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