After a blowout win Saturday, the Atlanta Braves will try to secure a huge series win Sunday when they wrap up a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta took the opener 7-2 on Thursday but took a loss in the second game against Zack Wheeler. They exploded for 17 hits and 15 runs in a blowout win Saturday against Vince Velasquez.
The Braves come into Sunday’s game with a 48-49 record and are tied with the Phillies in the NL East standings. They trail the New York Mets, who will wrap up a three-game series against the Blue Jays Sunday, by four games.
Freddie Freeman hit his 23rd home run of the season Saturday and is 11-for-24 with three home runs over his last seven games. He is hitting .426/.518/.1.253 in July with a 227 wRC+. Joc Pederson snapped an 0-for-13 stretch with four hits, including a homer in Saturday’s win. He is hitting .273/.294/.485 with a double and two home runs in eight games with Atlanta.
Touki Toussaint will make his second start of the season Sunday and will be looking to build off of a strong debut. Toussaint held the Padres to just three hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked two and was showed a more aggressive approach while attacking a good Padres lineup. Toussaint will need to carry that same approach into Sunday’s outing.
The Phillies will counter with righty Aaron Nola who returned from the COVID list earlier this week and allowed seven hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Yankees. He will be making just his third start in July and will be looking to shake off some rust. In his last three starts dating back to June 30, Nola has allowed 22 hits and 15 runs in 16 innings. He is currently carrying a 4.64 ERA for the season but his 3.62 FIP is a full run lower. The Braves tagged him for seven hits and four runs in five innings back on June 8.
Sunday’s game is slated to get underway at 1:05 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports Southeast.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, July 25, 1:05 p.m. ET
Location: Citizens Bank Park
TV: Bally Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network