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Phillies have 3rd best record in NL, travel to face last-place Atlanta

The Phillies' 18 wins trails just the Mets, Nationals and Cubs in the NL.
The Phillies' have surprised nearly everyone with their fast start this season.Getty Images

The Phillies continue to find ways to win, and have 18 of them -- more than most other MLB teams a they continue their current 10-game road trip in Atlanta this week.

An impressive 11 of these victories have come in one-run games.

"I feel like we've only had two or three games that haven't been by one run," AaronNola said Sunday after the Phils' most recent single-run win. "It makes it much sweeter when we do win the close games."

After taking two of three from the Marlins in Miami due to some clutch hitting from such household names as Andres Blanco and Tyler Goeddel, they will be salivating when they get to Atlanta, their next destination.

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For three games, all of them 7:10 starts, Philly will face off against the only National League team with fewer runs scored and a worse team batting average.

The Braves have dropped four straightgames and five of their last six and are mired in last place with the fewest wins in baseball (7-23). Their pitching is no better than their hitting, which has posted a 4.72 ERA, one of the worst in baseball and nearly a full point worse than Philadelphia's.

They'll throw their hottest pitcher to the mound first, as Matt Wisler faces Adam Morgan in the series opener, fresh off an eight-inning, one hit performance in his most recent outing.

On Wednesday, Jerad Eickhoffwill be pitted againstJhoulys Chacin, as each hurler looks to work through recent struggles against lackluster offenses.

In the Thursday finale, Vince Velasquez hits the hill for the Phillies looking to lower his top-10 2.17 ERA against Atlanta rookieAaron Blair.

 
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