Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves
Monday, 9/1 1:00 PM
Cole Hamels, LHP (7-6, 2.59 ERA/3.04 FIP/3.19 xFIP)vs Julio Teheran, RHP (13-9, 2.90 ERA/3.55 FIP/3.77 xFIP)
Hamels left the mound frustrated Tuesday in a victory over the Nationals, but he has had little to be upset about this season. He is having one of the best years of his career, although his record doesn't show it.
Since allowing more than five runs in consecutive starts, Teheran has surrendered a total of three runs over his past three starts. He's allowed one earned run or less in each of his three starts against the Phillies this year.
Tuesday, 9/2 7:10 PM
Kyle Kendrick, RHP (7-11, 4.97 ERA/4.63 FIP/4.40 xFIP)vs Mike Minor, LHP (6-8, 4.70 ERA/4.35 FIP/3.64 xFIP)
Kendrick allowed four runs in six innings Wednesday against the Nationals. He has a 10.00 ERA (30 earned runs in 27 innings) in the first inning this season, which is the highest mark in baseball since 2011.
When struggles led to a skipped start in early August, Minor regained a feel for his pitches and now has replaced his inconsistent changeup with a more effective sinker he's used to post a 2.22 ERA in his past four starts.
Wednesday, 9/3 12:10 PM
David Buchanan, RHP (6-7, 4.03 ERA/4.23 FIP/3.97 xFIP)vs Ervin Santana, RHP (13-7, 3.53 ERA/3.29 FIP/3.35 xFIP)
Buchanan pitched very well Friday against the Mets, allowing four hits, one run, one walk and striking out three in six innings. He threw just 64 pitches in those six innings but was lifted for a pinch-hitter in a tie game.
The veteran is 3-1 over his last five starts, with a 3.26 ERA, and has been an innings-eater all season, having pitched at least six in 23 of 26 starts. He's 2-1 in four starts vs. the Phillies -- 1-1, 4.50 at Turner Field.