Good matchup tonight expect a good game. Pivetta despite his 4-1 record has gotten roughed up whereas Fried has been pretty consistent and settled in for the stretch of the season.
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Atlanta Braves (66% consensus). The Philadelphia Phillies completely dominated the Braves in the opening series of the season, but things have changed entering Fridays opener of a key three-game weekend set in Atlanta. The two teams have not played since Philadelphia outscored the Braves 23-11 in a three-game sweep to open 2019, but Atlanta has won seven straight contests and holds a 1 1/2-game lead in the National League East standings... http://bit.ly/2GgBwAC
Betting Prediction for Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves on June 14, 2019, 7:20 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Atlanta will Win and the Total will go Over .
The Atlanta Braves have won seven straight games and hold a 1-game lead in the NL East as a result. The Braves will try to increase that lead with a win over the Philadelphia Phillies tonight.Phillies vs Braves Game Center. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2Kh6ASi
The Good Phight: Neither horseshoes nor hand grenades: Braves 9, Phillies 8
The Phillies came as close as you can get to a feel-good series-opening win over the Atlanta Braves. Sadly, they were neither playing horseshoes nor throwing hand grenades on Friday night. Instead the Braves won their eighth game in a row, while the Phillies were left reeling from a gut punch of a 9-8 loss.
The Phillies' offense has received justified criticism for not hitting enough home runs, but that wasn't a problem on Friday. They hit three homers, and much like they did in the opening series of the season, made life miserable for the Braves' pitching staff.
Talking Chop: Braves shock Phillies with late heroics from Brian McCann to win 9-8
The Braves took the first game of a three-game set with the Phillies with an incredible come-from-behind victory that culminated with a Brian McCann line drive to left-center field to score two runs. The veteran worked a deep count against Philadelphia closer Hector Neris before flipping a looping liner that fell just out of reach of left fielder Jay Bruce. Nick Markakis and Austin Riley came around to score the tying and winning runs, giving Atlanta a shocking 9-8 victory.
The game had an inauspicious start for the Braves, long before the heroics of the Atlanta offense in the ninth inning.
Talking Chop: Game Thread, 6/14/2019: Philadelphia @ Braves
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Yahoo! Sports: Phillies, Braves ready for NL East showdown
It's way too early to put any additional importance on the three-game series between Atlanta and Philadelphia that begins Friday, but both sides realize the battle lines are being drawn for a likely showdown between the two teams in the National League East.
The Braves, winners of seven straight, hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Phillies as the three-game series opens Friday at Atlanta's SunTrust Park. The two clubs are expected to be the main contenders to win the division this season.
Atlanta will send left-hander Max Fried (7-3, 3.75) against Philadelphia right-hander Nick Pivetta (4-1, 4.
Phillies Nation: Nick Pivetta looks to stay hot as Phillies open crucial series in Atlanta
This evening, the Phillies will begin their third stretch of 17 games in 17 days this season. The Phillies have existed since 1883. They've never played 17 games in 17 days three times before July. And they'll begin said stretch with perhaps their most important series of the 2019 season to date, as they head to Atlanta for a three game weekend series with the Braves, who now lead the National League East by a game-and-a-half.
The Phillies will hand the ball to Nick Pivetta, who has been excellent since returning from an early-season demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Talking Chop: Braves sticking with familiar lineup in series opener against Philadelphia
The Braves enter play among the top ten offenses in baseball, with the task of solving Nick Pivetta standing in front of them on Friday. The right-hander has been excellent since returning from demotion earlier this season. Here is how they will combat their division rivals in the first game of the three-game series:
Here is how the Phillies will line up against Max Fried:
Talking Chop: Fan confidence in Braves remains high heading into big series against Phillies
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The Atlanta Braves have surged to seven straight wins and to a 1.5 game lead in the NL East division over the Philadelphia Phillies. This week's FanPulse results reflect that trend as confidence in the performance of manager Brian Snitker and the direction of the team as a whole remain strong.
Snitker's approval rating remains at 84 percent for the second straight week and that has become a trend in itself.
Fansided: Series Preview: Atlanta Braves battle Phillies for first place in NL East
A lot has changed since that opening series of the season when the Phillies embarrassed the Atlanta Braves in Philadelphia.
In that three-game series, the Phillies swept the Braves and outscored them 23-11.
Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson both made a start in that series, and both are now in Triple-A.
Luke Jackson gave up a grand slam in the first game, but has turned his season around and is now the team's closer.
Shane Carle, Wes Parsons, Jonny Venters, Jesse Biddle, and Chad Sobotka all pitched out of the bullpen in that series and -- to this point -- none of them are on the active roster.
CBS Philly: Just How Good Are The Phillies? Weekend With First-Place Braves May Provide Answers
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- If it's not pitching that lets the Phillies down, they're being shutout by a 30-year-old rookie named Merrill Kelly. If it's not hitting that lets the Phillies down, it's a pitching staff that's surrendered 109 homers, including eight in the Phillies' 13-8 loss to Arizona on June 10.
The Phillies sit in second place entering a crucial June weekend series in Atlanta, the defending National League East champions. The Braves (40-29) have won seven straight and sit 1.5 games ahead of the Phillies, who have lost three of their last four games.
The Phillies (38-30) will count on Nick Pivetta (4-1, 4.