If at the start of the season, a prognosticator had said that the Braves would take their final series against Philly and head home to Turner Field with an 88-65 record while the Phillies barely managed to push their record to .500 and they would both be looking up at the Washington Nationals, chances are everyone in baseball would have laughed. And yet, that’s how the final series between Philadelphia and Atlanta resulted.
This season the Atlanta Braves really turned the tables on the rival Phillies. Against Philly ace Roy Halladay, the Braves managed to keep a big zero in the wins column for Doc Halladay against them. In 4 starts against Atlanta in 2012, Halladay had an 11.72 ERA. Halladay has a 7.44 ERA in 6 starts against the Braves since 2011 and has not won a single game.
On top of their success against Halladay, the Braves had a winning series record against the Phillies in 2012. Citizens Bank Park this season, the Braves went 6-2 and overall against the Phillies in 2012 they were 11-6.
Linescores from the 3-game series in Philadelphia:
W: Kendrick (10-11) L: Hanson (12-9)
W: Minor (10-10) L: Halladay (10-8)
W: Hudson (16-6) L: Lee (6-8) SV: Kimbrel (39)
TAKING IT TO THE TED FOR FINAL HOMESTAND…
Tuesday: Eovaldi (4-12, 4.36) vs. Medlen (9-1, 1.51)
Wednesday: Johnson (8-13, 3.84) vs. Maholm (12-10, 3.85)
Thursday: Turner (2-4, 5.23) vs. Hanson (12-9, 4.46)
The Braves will cap the season with 2 back-to-back 3-game sets at Turner Field, first they’ll face the Marlins and then, the most fitting opponent for Chipper’s final 3 regular season games in an Atlanta Braves uniform, the New York Mets. Chipper has stated on Twitter that he will be playing every game of the homestand, whether the veteran’s knees get the memo is another story. Regardless, there will be very few dry eyes at the Ted in the days to come.
Kris Medlen takes the mound tonight for what could be the National League Wild Card clinching game for the Braves. Their magic number is 1. Medlen is 8-0 with an 0.76 ERA in his 10 starts this season. The only other Braves pitcher with at least 8 wins and an accompanying sub-1.00 ERA in any 10 start span is the great hall of famer Warren Spahn. In Medlen’s last start, he struck out 13 batters on an incredible 96 pitches. Medlen is in line to pitch the 1-game playoff between NL Wild Card winners.
The Braves welcome the Marlins tonight at 7:10 (EST).
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