The Atlanta Braves return home Friday night where they will begin a six-game homestand with a three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles. Atlanta is 43-30 on the season and just split a two-game series in Toronto earlier this week. They have won 7-of-10 overall and lead the Washington Nationals by three games in the NL East.
It has been a tough season overall for the Baltimore Orioles who come in 21-52 which is the worst record in the major leagues. Things could get worse in Baltimore as trade rumors continue to swirl around the likes of third baseman Manny Machado and reliever Zach Britton.
Friday, June 22, 7:35 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Alex Cobb (12 GS, 2-9 W-L, 14.8 K%, 5.5 BB%, 7.14 ERA, 5.22 FIP, 4.33 xFIP)
Alex Cobb will get the nod for the Orioles in the series opener and will be looking to bounce back from a couple of rough outings. Cobb’s season has been a struggle in general but has allowed 18 hits and 14 runs over his last 10 2/3 innings. He has struck out 18 and walked just four in June but has surrendered four home runs during that span.
Cobb has faced the Braves once in his career allowing six hits and two runs over seven innings while picking up a win.
Sean Newcomb (14 GS, 8-2 W-L, 24.9 K%, 11.0 BB%, 2.70 ERA, 3.24 FIP, 3.85 xFIP)
Atlanta will counter with left hander Sean Newcomb who is coming off a dominant performance against San Diego. Newcomb allowed just two hits and struck out seven over six shutout innings against the Padres. He’s allowed five earned runs over 17 1/3 innings in June and has struck out 17 while walking just six batters.
Saturday, June 23, 4:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
Dylan Bundy (15 GS, 5-7 W-L, 26.8 K%, 7.2 BB%, 3.81 ERA, 4.48 FIP, 3.96 xFIP)
Dylan Bundy will get the start for the Orioles on Saturday. Bundy allowed five hits and four runs over six innings in his last start against the Marlins. That snapped a two start stretch where he allowed six hits and no runs spanning 15 innings.
Julio Teheran (14 GS, 5-4 W-L, 21.1 K%, 11.3 BB%, 3.97 ERA, 5.28 FIP, 4.86 xFIP)
Julio Teheran returned from the disabled list with a bang throwing six no-hit innings in his last start while striking out a season-best 11. The time spent on the disabled list allowed Teheran some time to rest his arm and he saw a significant increase in velocity as a result.
Sunday, June 24, 1:35 p.m. ET (Fox Sports South)
David Hess (7 GS, 2-3 W-L, 12.5 K%, 9.4 BB%, 4.82 ERA, 6.45 FIP, 6.06 xFIP)
Baltimore rookie right hander David Hess will make the start in Sunday’s series finale. Hess has struggled in each of his last two starts where he has allowed a combined 10 hits and 10 runs in just eight innings. He’s made seven starts and allowed nine home runs in 37 1/3 innings.
Atlanta has yet to announce a starter for Sunday’s series finale but it will either be Mike Foltynewicz or Brandon McCarthy.
Foltynewicz was placed on the disabled list this past Saturday due to tightness in his right triceps muscle. He is slated to throw a side session on Friday and if all goes well, will be activated in time to start on Sunday.
McCarthy isn’t in the Braves’ rotation plans for now but will be the emergency option if Folty isn’t ready to return. McCarthy has an ERA of 6.26 over his past eight starts.