In the series' opener on Monday night, the Braves' offense managed to find some production with a multi-home run game, but the pitching, which had been faring a little better of late, failed to do its part, and the Pirates came away with an 8-5 victory. The loss was the Braves' ninth in the past 11 games.
Taking the mound on Tuesday night will be Aaron Blair, who is still in search of his first big league win. It has been a bad of mixed results thus far for the rookie. While he has managed to limit the amount of damage done against him in his four starts, his walk and strikeout rate through 20 innings is definitely something that needs to be improved upon. Blair's sits at 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA and 4.70 FIP.
Blair's opposition will be Juan Nicasio. Nicasio has struggled heavily of late, allowing eight runs in 10.1 innings over his last two starts. On the year, he's 3-3 with a 4.34 ERA. He's fallen victim to control problems during many of his starts this season. The Braves have had great success against Nicasio in the past -- especially Freddie Freeman. Nicasio is 1-4 with a 9.64 ERA against Atlanta in six starts. Freeman is 6-12 with four home runs and four walks against Nicasio.
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 17, 7:05 p.m. ET
Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network, 680 AM/93.7 FM