The Atlanta Braves have struggled against the Philadelphia Phillies this season and that is very clear. The Braves are now 2-13 against the Phillies this season and have not won a game in Philadelphia this season. The Braves have lost 8 straight games in Philadelphia and have been struggling against their division rival all season. The Phillies are still in last place in the National League East while the Braves are in 3rd place in the NL East.
Lucas Sims got his first start in Philadelphia last night and he struggled in the later innings. The Braves lineup did not provide many runs to help out Sims either as they only scored 1 run last night. Dansby Swanson hit a double in the 4th inning and he scored the only run for the Braves. Only Ender Inciatre and Brandon Phillips got multiple hits off the Phillies pitching staff last night and it was a difficult time for the Braves players and coaches.
Brandon Phillips is only 1 hit away from reaching 2,000 hits for his career. He picked up 2 more hits last night as he is inching closer to his personal milestone. Phillips will be the 2nd Braves player to reach 2,000 hits for their careers. Nick Markakis reached that goal earlier this season and Markakis has been hitting the ball very well for the Braves this season. Brandon Phillips has moved over to play at 3rd base this season and has done a great job at his new position.
Tonight the Braves will look to win their 1st game in Philadelphia as they will send knuckle baller R.A. Dickey to the mound in hopes of taming the Phillies lineup. Ozzie Albies continues to play well at 2nd base and has taken his role in the Braves infield very seriously. The Braves lineup has a lot of questions that need to be answered in the off-season and the Braves front office will have to make some major decisions involving their lineup. The Braves still have over a month left to play in the 2017 season and their opening season at SunTrust Park did not get started with a competitive team as the Braves fans had expected. Maybe their luck will change tonight in Philadelphia. GO BRAVES!!!!!