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Philadelphia0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 260
Atlanta5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 x 7110
  W: S. Newcomb (4-8)   L: B. Lively (3-7)
4:35 PM PT5:35 PM MT6:35 PM CT7:35 PM ET19:35 ET23:35 GMT7:35 4:35 PM MST6:35 PM EST7:05 PM VEN3:35 UAE (+1)6:35 PM CT, September 22, 2017
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 33,702

Freeman, Braves open last home series vs. Phillies

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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 -- Freddie Freeman stopped taking batting practice several weeks ago to save some of the remaining strength in his left wrist that was broken by a pitch in mid-May, but don't think about giving the Atlanta Braves first baseman any other kind of rest.

"I'm going to go out there every day," said Freeman of his goal to not miss any of his team's remaining 11 games.

As the Braves conclude their final homestand of the first season at SunTrust Park with a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies beginning Friday night, Atlanta fans can only dream about what could have been if Freeman hadn't missed nearly eight weeks.

"I mostly don't think about it until an opposing first base coach says something after I get a hit," the left-handed-hitting slugger said. "They remind me of my numbers."

Freeman had a .341/.461/.741 slash line and 14 homers through 38 games when he landed on the disabled list. He still ranks in National League Top 10 with a .314 average, .409 on-base percentage and .606 slugging mark, but his wrist is far from 100 percent.

Freeman has 28 homers, but he said in late August that the ball was travelling off his bat as if he were "swinging a wet newspaper."

That's when he decided less was better than more when it came to wear and tear on his still weak wrist.

"I stopped having batting practice," Freeman said. "I'm working on saving my wrist, and I feel better."

Freeman, who went deep 34 times in 2016, has averaged a homer every 14.2 at-bats and is on the verge of becoming the first Braves player to hit at least 30 in back-to-back seasons since Andruw Jones slugged a franchise-record 51 in 2005 and then 41 in 2006.

Freeman will be taking aim at Phillies rookie right-hander Ben Lively (3-6, 3.94 ERA) in the series opener. The Braves will also start a rookie, left-hander Sean Newcomb (3-8, 4.32 ERA).

Lively made his second major league start at Atlanta on June 8, when Freeman was on the disabled list. Lively took a loss despite a quality start, giving up three runs in seven innings.

Lively is making a bid for a full-time rotation spot in 2018, and Phillies manager Pete Mackanin has been impressed so far, although the 25-year-old's stuff isn't dominant.

"He's a true competitor," Mackanin said. "He goes out there to beat you. He attacks hitters and does the best he can with what he's got. It's working."

Newcomb, a former first-round draft pick acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in the Andrelton Simmons trade, seems assured of a spot in the Braves' rotation next season despite some ups and downs since his major league debut in June.

Newcomb has a 3.86 ERA in his past nine starts. He has used his changeup more frequently of late to complement an impressive fastball and curve.

The key for Newcomb is better control and resulting lower pitch counts. The 24-year-old has struck out 96 in 89 2/3 innings, but he has walked 51.

Newcomb has faced the Phillies twice, going 0-1 with a 2.54 ERA.

The Phillies (61-92) are 12-4 against the Braves (68-83) going into the final series, taking the first eight games between the teams at Philadelphia before Atlanta swept a doubleheader there on Aug. 30.

Updated September 22, 2017

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