12:35 pm
August 24

Braves @ Pirates

Who will WIN this matchup?

Atlanta Braves (77-48)

@ Pittsburgh Pirates (47-76)


Starting Pitchers:

Wright (ATL): 15-5; 3.14 ERA

Keller (PIT) 4-9; 4.49 ERA


Current odds:

Atlanta Braves: (-244)

Pittsburgh Pirates: (+202)


• The starting line-up for Atlanta is as follows:

Acuña Jr. RF, Swanson SS, Riley 3B, Olson 1B, Contreras C, Rosario DH, Grissom 2B, Harris II CF, Grossman LF, Wright P. First pitch at 12:35.

• The starting line-up for the Pittsburgh is as follows:


• The visiting Atlanta Braves will shoot for a series and season sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates when the teams meet on Wednesday. Atlanta, which has won five of six and 13 of 15 overall, already has clinched its fifth straight series win while also matching a season high with eight straight road wins. The Braves won all four games in a home series against Pittsburgh in June and have won the first two this series 2-1 and 6-1.

• Atlanta’s Vaughn Grissom went 3-for-4 with an RBI single on Tuesday. The 21-year-old rookie is hitting .420 with a .463 on-base percentage and a .660 slugging percentage through his first 14 major league games.

• The Pirates have lost four in row and have been held to one run in three of those contests. In their six losses to Atlanta this year, they have been outscored 30-12.

• Pittsburgh got third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes back Tuesday after he spent the minimum time on the 10-day injured list because of a mid-back muscle strain. He finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

• Wright has won his past two starts. His most recent outing was on Friday, when he allowed two runs and six hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and one walk against the Houston Astros. That outing also proved to Wright, who is among the major league leaders in wins, that his right arm is sound after he had some fatigue in his previous start. Wright has faced the Pirates once in his career, starting and picking up the win on June 12. He gave up three runs and five hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking two.

• Keller did not go on the IL but has been idle since Aug. 16, when he left because of right shoulder fatigue after making 46 pitches in two innings against the Boston Red Sox. He gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits and three walks with one strikeout.

• Despite the setback, Keller is 2-3 with a 3.05 ERA over his past seven outings as he makes a push to establish himself as a consistent member of the rotation.

StreakSmarter Pick
Atlanta Braves