Pittsburgh takes 6-game slide into matchup with Atlanta
Atlanta; Thursday, 12 p.m. EDT
LINE: Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM 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, four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.
LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 8-2, .270 batting average, 4.21 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs
Pirates: 2-8, .269 batting average, 6.59 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
Pirates Injuries: Trevor Williams: 10-day IL (side), Jameson Taillon: 60-day IL (elbow), 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).