Braves aim for yet another series sweep vs. Rays

atlanta braves Major League Baseball’s top two teams are easing up on matchups, and on Sunday, the National League East leaders will go for a three-game sweep tampa bay rays St. Petersburg, Florida

The winners of the first two games of the series, the Braves Has won 12 out of 13 games and has won 11 consecutive series

Shaun Murphy got the big hit for the second game in a row on Saturday. The All-Star catcher hit a three-run home run in a four-run fourth inning in a 6–1 victory. Murphy’s two-run homer on Friday was the difference in a 2–1 game.

Murphy has left the ballpark in three consecutive games, while Braves Has played 25 consecutive games to equal the franchise record

rays Falling seven in a row is staggering

In Sunday’s series finale, Tampa Bay will send Zack Eflin (9-4, 3.24 ERA) to the mound, while Braves Counter with All-Star Bryce Elder (7-1, 2.45)

Eflin has been, arguably, Tampa Bay’s most reliable starter in the first half, recording 97 1/3 innings. The right-handed batsman has been able to take turns dealing with injuries to ruin innings.

But in his last start, Eflin was on the losing end of a tough decision, giving up two runs on four hits with nine strikeouts over seven innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

against a lifetime BravesEflin is 6–3 with a 3.11 ERA in 16 appearances (13 starts).

At home this season, Eflin has been dominant, posting an 8–1 record and 2.22 ERA in nine starts.

Making the pitching matchup even more compelling is the fact that Elder has excelled on the road for Atlanta. In seven road starts, the right-hander is 4–0 (1.62 ERA).

This was Elder’s first career performance against Tampa Bay.

In his last two starts, both wins, Elder has given up four earned runs in 12 2/3 innings.

Elder last lost on June 11, when he gave up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings at home in a loss to the Washington Nationals.

with a high-powered offense type Braves Yes, Elder has the luxury of not pitching with zero pressure

“This is probably the best lineup I’ve ever seen,” Elder told MLB.com after his most recent start. “I was a fan of the Rangers growing up and I saw the 2011 Rangers lineup. That was probably the best lineup I’ve ever seen. So, to be able to do what these guys do every day For, it’s a lot of fun.”

rays Will be without outfielder Josh Lowe, who was placed on the family medicine emergency list on Saturday. Infielder Jonathan Aranda was recalled from Triple-A Durham to fill a vacant roster spot.

rays Will try to score some runs at a time when his attack is struggling, scoring only two runs in the series. But one of the bright spots in the lineup has been Isaac Paredes, who has 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 79 games.

“I like how he’s developed into an overall hitter,” rays manager Kevin Cash said. “He’s a more complete hitter at this point than any other time last year. Watching him adjust to the game. Watching him shoot balls the other way with two strikes. He’s really lengthened our lineup.” .

–Field Level Media

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