After a disappointing loss Friday, the Atlanta Braves will need Ian Anderson to play the role of stopper Saturday when they continue their three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Charlie Morton wasn’t able to escape the first inning in Friday’s series opener as Philadelphia jumped out to a 6-0 first inning lead. Things didn’t get any better from there as the Braves would fall 12-2.
Anderson himself is looking to bounce back from a rough outing last time out where he allowed six hits, two walks and four runs in just four innings against the Blue Jays. That snapped a streak of 15 2/3 consecutive scoreless inning streak that spanned his previous two starts. Anderson has faced the Phillies twice this season and has allowed nine hits and five earned runs in 10 1/3 innings.
For the Phillies, Vince Velasquez will make his fourth straight start in place of Matt Moore who began the season in the rotation. Velasquez is coming off his best start of the season where he allowed four hits and one run in six innings against the Brewers. He struck out six and walked just two. Velasquez has been a mixed bag in 14 career appearances against the Braves posting a 4.83 ERA in 59 2/3 innings.
While the Braves’ offense has shown signs of life in recent days, Freddie Freeman’s prolonged slump has continued. Freeman went 0-for-4 in Friday’s loss and is 0-for-20 over his last five games with two walks and eight strikeouts.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, May 8, 7:20 p.m. ET
Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Bally Sports Southeast, FS1
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network