Indianapolis Star
Major League Baseball
Preview
Atlanta at Philadelphia
When: 7:05 PM ET, Saturday, September 29, 2018
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

There is plenty of young talent on the Atlanta Braves roster that draws attention, but an unsung inexperienced player continues to pay dividends as the National League East champions play at the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in the next-to-last game of the regular season. Third baseman Johan Camargo finished 3-for-5 with his 19th homer of the season and made two outstanding plays at third base, lifting the Braves to 90 victories on the season with a 10-2 victory.

Atlanta becomes the first NL team to win 90 games after losing 90-plus contests in three or more consecutive seasons since the 1991 Braves, the “worst-to-first” team that jump-started the franchise’s run to 14 division titles, five NL pennants and a World Series championship. The Braves clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 a week ago and now are battling Colorado for home-field advantage in the NL Division Series, and matched a season high with 19 hits in Friday's victory. The Phillies continue their stumble into the offseason, losing their ninth game in a row and falling to 6-20 in September. Right fielder Odubel Herrera finished with a double and a RBI on Friday, and has collected at least one hit in seven of his past nine games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS South (Atlanta), NBC Sports Philadelphia

PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 2.96 ERA) vs. Phillies RH Aaron Nola (16-6, 2.45)

It has been quite the journey for Sanchez in 2018, from spring-training signee to six weeks missed with a hamstring injury suffered running in the outfield, to a standout season and likely a starting assignment in the NL Division Series. The 34-year-old has done some of his best pitching down the stretch as the Braves surged to the division title, posting a 2.72 ERA with a .218 opponents batting average in his past seven starts. Sanchez gave up one run on four hits over five innings to beat Philadelphia on Sunday.

Nola makes the final start of his breakthrough season, one in which the 25-year-old has realized his potential and put together a campaign that in many seasons would draw serious consideration for the Cy Young Award. Nola entered the weekend tops in the NL in WAR for pitchers (9.8), second in ERA, tied for fourth in wins and fifth in hits per nine innings (6.44). Nola looks to end on a positive note after going 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA in five September starts, losing to the Braves despite giving up just two runs over six innings Sunday.

WALK-OFFS

1. The Phillies had not allowed a run at home for 17 innings before giving up four in the fourth inning Friday.

2. Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman doubled three times Friday, giving him 44 two-base hits on the season.

3. Seven Philadelphia relievers allowed eight runs on 14 hits across 5 2/3 innings in the series opener.

PREDICTION: Phillies 3, Braves 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Atlanta 90-70 W1 43-38 47-32 49-25 18-14 15-19 8-12
Philadelphia 78-82 L9 47-32 31-50 32-42 19-14 15-18 12-8
Last Meeting
Atlanta Philadelphia
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
9/28/18 ATL 10 PHI 2 .432 1 1.082 .129 1 .540
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta E. Inciarte .368 25 .855
Philadelphia O. Herrera .276 16 .805
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta O. Albies 4 15 9
Philadelphia O. Herrera 3 4 8
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 2.94 .275 159
Philadelphia 4.84 .204 138
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Atlanta F. Freeman .312 191 .898
Philadelphia A. Cabrera .262 143 .774
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Atlanta R. Acuna Jr. 26 78 63
Philadelphia R. Hoskins 34 89 95
Pitching ERA Avg K
Atlanta 3.76 .258 1402
Philadelphia 4.19 .235 1439