Phillies vs Braves NLDS Game 2 starting lineups and pitching match

ATLANTA — The Braves’ spirited ninth-round rally on Tuesday afternoon might have scored a moral victory, if such things exist amid the pressure of a best-of-five playoff series. The Phillies got the real win.

Philly took a big lead and went on to win Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Truist Park. That takes some heat away from the visitors in Wednesday’s second game. Win behind their ace, Zack Wheeler, and they head home with Aaron Nola lined up for Game 3 on Friday with a chance to qualify for the NL Championship Series. Lose Game 2 to Kyle Wright and the Braves, and the Phillies will hand baseball to Nola at home after splitting the first two games on the road.

“Yeah, being able to hit first is huge, but we don’t think this streak is over by any means,” Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins said. “We know the caliber of the team there and how they can string together a few wins. So we’ll take Wheeler’s stuff tomorrow. We feel good about that, but we know we have some work to do.

In a clash of NL East foes with few surprises, there are particularly few surprises in Game 2. Wheeler, the former Met and suburban Atlanta native, will make his 25th career start against the Braves . And Atlanta wide receiver Travis d’Arnaud, another former Met, was at his wedding.

“How I see it,” d’Arnaud said, “they need to win two more. We need to win three more. We’ve won three in a row. They’ve won two in a row. So it’s just take it day by day and go tomorrow with Kyle on the mound and we [being] Ready to go.”

When is the game and how can I watch it?

Game 2 was scheduled for Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. ET on FOX, but the start was delayed due to rain. All games are available in the US on MLB.TV (authentication with a participating pay-TV provider is required). Live games are also available in select countries outside of the United States. For more information, click here.

Who are the starting pitchers?

Phillies: Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) is making the second start of his playoff career. He pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings Friday in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Wheeler grew up about 20 miles from Truist Park, so that’s her home. He’s 10-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 24 career starts against the Braves. He’s 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in five starts at Atlanta since joining the Phillies in 2020.

Brave: Wright (21-5, 3.19 ERA) will look to carry on his regular-season success in the playoffs. He had gone at least five innings in just five of 14 career starts before becoming MLB’s only 20-game winner this year. The right-hander began to live up to expectations after gaining confidence with two appearances in last year’s World Series. His 4 2/3 inning relief effort in Game 4 helped Atlanta win its first championship since 1995.

What are the starting formations?

Phillies: It makes sense that Brandon Marsh and Bryson Stott will return to the lineup with a right-hander on the mound in Wright. They didn’t start in Game 1 against Braves left-hander Max Fried.

Here is the composition of game 2:

Brave: With the Phillies starting a right-hander, Matt Olson was seeded third and Harris dropped from eighth to sixth in the lineup. Instead of William Contreras, Marcell Ozuna started at the designated hitter.

Here is the composition of game 2:

How will the paddocks line up after the starter?

Phillies: Philadelphia rode hard in its bullpen in Game 1, after Ranger Suárez lasted just 3 1/3 innings. But most relievers should be available in Game 2. Seranthony Domínguez only threw 18 pitches, but he also threw two innings in a dominating effort. It will be interesting to see if the Phils use him in Game 2, if they need him. Dominguez missed time late in the season with tendonitis in his right bicep. The team might want to be careful with him.

Brave: Atlanta had to dive into its bullpen at the start of Game 1, but considering the NL East champions entered this series with five days off, everyone should be available in Game 2. The Braves don’t had to use none of their high-leverage relievers in Tuesday’s loss. Spencer Strider is on the roster, but they haven’t said whether they’ll use him out of the bullpen or as an opener as he returns from a strained left oblique muscle.

Phillies: Philadelphia lost right-hander David Robertson to the NLDS after straining his right calf while jumping to celebrate Bryce Harper’s home run in Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series in St. Louis. He had a PRP injection, although it’s unclear if he could pitch in the NL Championship Series, if the Phillies are successful.

Brave: Ozzie Albies (fractured right little finger) is unlikely to be available until the NL Championship Series. Albies’ only potential contributions now would be a pinch runner. The Braves are hoping Strider (outstretched left oblique) will be available to make at least one start as an opener or potentially serve as a reliever.

Who’s hot and who’s not?

Phillies: Nick Castellanos, in one of the best games of his Philadelphia tenure, went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in the first four innings of Game 1 against the Braves. He is the second player in Phillies history to have three hits in the first four innings of a postseason game (right-hander Brett Myers was the other, in Game 2 of the 2008 NLCS). … Bryce Harper went 3 for 3 with a double and a walk in Game 1. It could warm up at the perfect time. He worked a huge walk in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series, then added a solo home run in Game 2 at St. Louis. … Domínguez struck out three in two perfect innings. He followed two big strikeouts from Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the NLWCS. Domínguez could regain his mojo after initially struggling when he returned from IL last month.

Brave: Matt Olson has had six of his last eight games, including each of his last four games at Truist Park. His latest outburst nearly sparked a comeback in Game 1. Rest has benefited Ronald Acuña Jr. throughout this year and he certainly looked good while scoring three hits in Game 1 of this series. Dansby Swanson struck out in his first four plate appearances on Tuesday, then drilled a long single in the ninth.

Anything else fans might want to know?

In best-of-five postseason series history, Game 1 winners have won the series 102 of 144 times (71%). In Division Series history with a 2-2-1 format, teams that have won Game 1 on the road have advanced 29 of 41 times (71%).


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