The start of today’s Phillies-Braves NLDS Game 2 has been delayed due to rain and is currently scheduled for 7:30 PM EST. Atlanta — The Braves’ vibrant ninth innings Tuesday afternoon could have resulted in a moral victory if they existed under the pressure of a best-of-five playoff series. The Phillies scored a real victory. Philly took the big lead and won Game 1 of the National League Division Series at Truist Park. Cool off the visitors in Game 2 on Wednesday. Defeat their ace, Zack Wheeler, and head home. Aaron Nola faces Game 3 with a chance to advance to the NL Championship Series on Friday. Losing Game 2 to Kyle Wright and Braves, the Phillies will split the first two games off the road, passing the ball to Nola from home. Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins said, “Yeah, being able to punch first is great, but I don’t think the series is over.” “We know the team’s capabilities and how they can lead to victory. So we’re going to pick up Wheeler’s stuff tomorrow. We feel good about it, but we know we have work to do.” There are few surprises, especially in the second leg, in a matchup with little surprises with foes east of the NL. The former Met and suburban Atlanta native will make his 25th career start against the Braves. And another former Met-born Atlanta catcher, Travis d’Arnaud, attended the wedding. Arnaud said, “I think we need to win two more. We have to win three more. We have three wins in a row. They have two wins in a row. So spend the day and go out tomorrow with Kyle and us on the mound,” Arnaud said. is to do [being] Ready to go.” When is the match and how can I watch it? The second leg was scheduled for Wednesday at 4:35 PM EST at FOX, but has been delayed due to rain and a new start time has not been determined. All games can be viewed on MLB.TV in the US (requires verification by participating pay TV providers). Live games are also available in select countries outside of the US. Click here for more information. Who is the starting pitcher? Phillies: Wheeler (12-7, 2.82 ERA) makes the second start of his postseason career. He pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series against the Cardinals at Bush Stadium. Wheeler grew up about 20 miles from Truist Park, so this is the home for him. He has a 10-7 ERA of 3.16 in 24 career starts against the Braves. Since joining the Phillies in 2020, he has started five games in Atlanta, recording two wins and two losses and a 2.78 ERA. Braves: Wright (21-5, 3.19 ERA) plans to continue his regular season success into the postseason. He completed just five to five innings of 14 career starts before becoming MLB’s only 20-game winner this year. He started to live up to his expectations after gaining confidence in two appearances in last year’s World Series. His 4 2/3 innings of relief effort in Game 4 helped Atlanta claim their first championship since 1995. What is the starting lineup? Phillies: It makes sense for Brandon Marsh and Bryson Stott to return to the lineup with right-handers on Wright’s mound. They didn’t start in Game 1 against the Braves’ southpaw Max Fried. The Game 2 lineup is as follows: Braves: The Phillies were picked as right-handed pitchers, moving Matt Olson to third and Harris moving from eighth to sixth. Marcell Ozuna was selected as the designated hitter instead of William Contreras. The Game 2 lineup is as follows: What happens to the bullpen lineup after the starting pitcher? Phillies: Phillies took the bullpen hard in Game 1 after Ranger Suarez lasted only 3 1/3 innings. However, most relief pitchers will appear in Game 2. Serantony Domínguez threw only 18 pitches, but he also threw two innings with overwhelming effort. It will be interesting to see if the Phils use him in Game 2 if they need him. Dominguez missed time later in the season due to tendinitis in his right forearm. The team will want to watch out for him. Braves: Atlanta should have jumped into the bullpen early in Game 1, but everyone should be able to make it to Game 2 given that the NL Eastern champions entered the series with a five-day break. Braves didn’t have to use any of the following. A highly leveraged reliever during Tuesday’s defeat. Spencer Strider is on the roster, but they haven’t said if they will use him in the bullpen or as an opener when he returns from a tense left oblique muscle. Phillies: Philadelphia lost right-handed David Robertson in the NLDS after straining a right calf jump to celebrate Bryce Harper’s home run in Game 2 of the NL Wildcard Series in St. Louis. He got a PRP shot, but it’s unclear whether he’ll be able to pitch in the NL Championship Series if the Phillies succeed. Braves: Ozzie Albies (fractured right little finger) will most likely not appear before the NL Championship Series. Now Albies’ only potential contribution will be a pinch runner. The Braves are hoping that Strider (left slant) can start off as an opener at least once, or potentially act as a reliever. Who is hot and who is not? Phillies: Nick Castellanos went third base with one double and three RBIs in his first four innings in Game 1 against the Braves in one of the best games of his Philadelphia tenure. He is the second player in Phillies history to hit three hits in the first four innings of a postseason game (right-handed Brett Myers was the other player in Game 2 of the 2008 NLCS). … Bryce Harper went 3 at 3 in Game 1 with 1 double and 1 walk. He will warm up at the perfect timing. He walked a staggering walk in Game 1 of the NL Wildcard Series and added a solo home run in Game 2 of St. Louis. … Dominguez struck out three in two perfect innings. Two big strikeouts from Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado in the eighth inning of Game 2 of the NLWCS. Domínguez may be back to life after struggling for the first time when he returned from Illinois last month. Braves: Matt Olson has home runs in 6 of his last 8 games, including his last 4 at Truist Park. His recent blast almost ignited a return to Game 1. The break has benefited Ronald Acuña Jr. all year round and he certainly looked good while he had three hits in the first game of the series. Dansby Swanson struck out in his first four at-bats on Tuesday, and had a long hit in the ninth. Anything else fans want to know? In the history of the best-of-five postseason series, the winner of the first leg is 102-144 (71%) in the series. In Division Series history in a 2-2-1 format, the team that won the first leg advanced to 29 of 41 (71%).
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