The Phillies open a four-game series against the Braves tonight in Atlanta. This is the first time that they will face other, since the NL Division Series last fall.
The Phillies eliminated the 101-win Braves in four games and went on to reach the World Series. The Braves became the second NL team to reach 30 wins this season on Wednesday when they beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3.
The Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 in 10 innings on Wednesday on Alec Bohm’s walk-off single, to avoid being swept by the Diamondbacks at home.
The pitching matchup for the series opener features Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola (4-3, 4.31 ERA) against Atlanta rookie left-hander Dylan Dodd (2-1, 6.46).
Nola has had a lot of success against the Braves throughout his career. He is 15-10 with a 3.39 ERA in 30 career starts against Atlanta and has beaten the Braves more than any club.
This will be Nola’s 11th start of the season. In his last start on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs, he picked up a win and had a season-high 10 strikeouts.
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