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Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is

Postby panxing18 on Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:45 pm

Pittsburgh Pirates (30-37 , fifth in the NL Central) vs. Atlanta Braves (39-29, first in the NL East)Atlanta; Thursday, 12 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Joe Musgrove (4-6, 4.40 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 58 strikeouts) Braves: Julio Teheran (4-4, 3.03 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 74 strikeouts)Article continues below ...LINE: 9 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the matchup as losers of their last six games.The Braves are 19-15 on their home turf. Atlanta’s team on-base percentage of .331 is sixth in the majors. Freddie Freeman leads the lineup with an OBP of .397.The Pirates are 17-19 on the road. The Pittsburgh offense has compiled a .257 batting average as a team this season, good for tenth in the National League. Melky Cabrera leads the team with a mark of .328. The Braves won the last meeting 8-7. Jacob Webb earned his fourth victory and Austin Riley went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run and three RBIs for Atlanta. Michael Feliz took his third loss for Pittsburgh.TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 36 extra base hits and is batting .309. Ronald Acuna Jr. is 14-for-45 with two doubles Chad Bettis Jersey , four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 19 home runs and is batting .325. Starling Marte is 14-for-38 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBIs over the last 10 games for Pittsburgh.LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 8-2, .270 batting average, 4.21 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runsPirates: 2-8, .269 batting average, 6.59 ERA, outscored by 21 runsBraves Injuries: Darren O’Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Kevin Gausman: 10-day IL (foot), Ender Inciarte: 10-day IL (lumbar strain).Pirates Injuries: Trevor Williams: 10-day IL (side), Jameson Taillon: 60-day IL (elbow) Jonathan Lucroy Jersey , Chris Stratton: 10-day IL (side), Edgar Santana: 60-day IL (elbow), Jordan Lyles: 10-day IL (hamstring), Chad Kuhl: 60-day IL (elbow), Keone Kela: 10-day IL (shoulder), Rookie Davis: 10-day IL (finger), Nick Burdi: 60-day IL (biceps), Lonnie Chisenhall: 60-day IL (finger), Erik Gonzalez: 60-day IL (collarbone), Francisco Cervelli: 10-day IL (concussion). The first spring look at Taylor Clarke."Clarke was ranked #7 on Michael McDermott’s list of top 30 prospects, and on the recent MLB Pipeline prospect update , he came in at #10. Michael said Clarke “has nothing left to prove at the minor league level,” though there does seem to be some question over whether his future will be as a starter or a reliever. The main issue seems to be that, while most of his pitches are decent, there’s not a true “excellent” one. He doesn’t have great strikeout numbers and isn’t particularly a groundball guy, but does appear to have a knack for making hitters generate weak contact, and pop-ups. How well that translates to the majors will be key, along with an ability to out-think batters and keep them off-balance.For now, it appears he is being retained as a starter, and that makes sense. Even if his likely ceiling (per MLB) is a back-end starter, he’d still be more valuable in that role than out of the bullpen. Michael suggested making him a long reliever for the D-backs this season, to get his feet wet at the major-league level. Though I suspect with the likes of T.J. McFarland and DJ LeMahieu Jersey , perhaps, Nick Green, ahead of him on the depth chart for that role, he will probably need some injuries to open the door immediately for a roster spot next month. However, it would not surprise me at all if we see Clarke in the majors at some point in 2019, either providing rotation help, or in that long relief role. In case you’re wondering: @EutawBackstop is Caleb Joseph, and @JuniorL07 is Domingo Leyba. No local broadcast of any kind for this one, so we’ll be relying on Gameday and/or whatever might show up on social media for coverage!
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