Pirates take 4-game losing streak into matchup with Braves
Atlanta; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Braves favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh enters the game as losers of their last four games.
The Braves are 17-15 on their home turf. The Atlanta offense has compiled a .258 batting average as a team this season, good for ninth in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a mark of .311.
The Pirates are 17-17 on the road. Pittsburgh hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .309 this season, led by Bryan Reynolds with a mark of .393. The Braves won the last meeting 13-7. Sean Newcomb recorded his first victory and Nick Markakis went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs for Atlanta. Alex McRae took his second loss for Pittsburgh.
TOP PERFORMERS: Freeman leads the Braves with 18 home runs and is slugging .598. Ronald Acuna Jr. is 14-for-45 with a double, four home runs and 14 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.
LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 7-3, .257 batting average, 4.15 ERA, outscored opponents by 15 runs
Pirates: 3-7, .283 batting average, 6.40 ERA, outscored by 15 runs
Braves Injuries: Darren O'Day: 60-day IL (forearm), Ender Inciarte: 10-day IL (lumbar strain).
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 (left hamstring tightness), 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).