The Atlanta Braves travel to Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday for the first of a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Braves, 19-5, and Phillies, 18-6, are two of four MLB teams with more than 15 wins in June. This found both teams in contention for the NL East.
The New York Mets quickly found their lead in the NL East Division was shrinking, midway through a June 13-10.
Going into Tuesday, the Braves are just 5 games out of the division lead. Meanwhile, the Phillies are trailing a bit more at 8 games back.
This hot streak couldn’t come at a better time for both teams after the Braves and Phillies ended May with a losing record.
Kyle Schwarber, who leads the Phillies in home runs, also had a good month. Schwarber hit 10 home runs in June alone, bringing his season total to 21.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) June 27, 2022
Missing stars for Braves and Phillies
As an important division game approaches, both teams will be shorthanded.
Bryce Harper, the Phillies leader in batting average and RBIs, hit the IL on Sunday with a broken thumb. Harper left the Phillies’ game against the Padres on Saturday night after a 97mph fastball hit his hands.
On Tuesday, the Phillies announced that Harper is scheduled to undergo surgery for a broken thumb. However, they hope he can return in six weeks.
Jansen was sent to IL 15 days on Tuesday due to an irregular heartbeat, while Acuna Jr. is currently listed as overnight after hitting a foul ball with his foot on Saturday.
The #Braves today recalled RHP Jesús Cruz to Atlanta and placed RHP Kenley Jansen on the 15-day injured list with an irregular heartbeat, backdated to June 27.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 28, 2022
With some of baseball’s biggest names missing at least part of the series, both teams will need other names to play bigger roles.
The Phillies will have to look a little further as Harper leads the team in batting average and RBI.
Odubel Herrerawho is 6 of 11 against Morton in his career, may have to make up for Harper’s absence because they won’t have a single batter batting over .300 in the starting lineup on Tuesday.