Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Houston0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 270
Atlanta0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 x 6121
  W: K. Wright (15-5)   L: L. McCullers Jr. (1-1)
4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST6:50 PM VEN3:20 UAE (+1)5:20 PM CT, August 19, 2022
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 42,837

Sizzling Braves, Astros square off for World Series rematch

According to STATS
According to STATS

Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves

  1. The Astros have not won a series on the road since sweeping Seattle from July 22-24, but they have a five-game winning streak against Atlanta dating to June 25, 2014. They're coming off Thursday's 21-5 rout of the White Sox, their most lopsided victory since beating Seattle, 21-1, on Sept. 8, 2019.
  2. Lance McCullers Jr. tossed six scoreless innings in his season debut on Aug. 13 against Oakland after missing four and a half months with a strained right forearm. Since Sept. 21, 2020, he ranks fifth in the majors (minimum 14 starts) with a 2.34 ERA and .192 opponents' batting average on the road.
  3. Alex Bregman drove in a career-high six runs while registering his sixth career four-hit game on Thursday and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games at a .432/.512/1.000 clip. After hitting .201 in his first 51 road games, he has a .324/.359/.649 slash line, two homers and eight RBI in his last nine contests away from home.
  4. The Braves have won nine of their last 10 games overall and 10 of 12 at home. They've taken seven of the last eight meetings with American League opponents, share baseball's third-best interleague record at 8-4 and are 38-19 against Houston since July 6, 1996.
  5. Kyle Wright is 6-0 in his last seven home starts, allowing three runs or fewer in six of them, and has struck out 20 while walking one over 20 IP in winning his last three interleague starts.
  6. Vaughn Grissom has a .400/.464/.560 slash line, one homer and five RBI during a seven-game hitting streak. The 21-year-old has scored at least one run in eight of nine games since he was promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/19/2022 thru 8/21/2022

Two of the hottest teams in the majors will collide in a rematch of last year's World Series when the Houston Astros visit the Atlanta Braves to start a three-game set on Friday night.

The Astros have won six of their past eight games and have overtaken the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League. The AL West leaders are coming off a four-game split against the Chicago White Sox that concluded on Thursday with a 21-5 Houston win.

The Astros tied the second-best run total in franchise history and matched their single-game hit record with 25.

The second-place Braves, who have won nine of their past 10 games, are coming off a 3-1 series win over the National League East-leading New York Mets. Atlanta trails New York by just 3 1/2 games in the division following a 3-2 victory in the series finale on Thursday.

The Braves, the defending World Series champion, are in a 13-game stretch that includes 10 games against teams currently in playoff position.

"We've just got to go and do whatever we can do to win tomorrow, and that's all we can try to do is just continue to win series, win the next game," Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.

The series opener on Friday will match Atlanta right-hander Kyle Wright (14-5, 3.14 ERA) against Houston right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 0.00).

Wright recently experienced some right-arm fatigue, so he sat out a turn in the rotation. He has thrown a career-high 134 2/3 innings and has made 22 starts. His last appearance came Aug. 10 at Boston, and he earned the win after going six innings and giving up one run on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Wright has never faced Houston.

McCullers, who has missed most of this season due to a right flexor tendon strain sustained in the 2021 playoffs, will make his second start since being activated from the 60-day injured list. On Saturday against the Oakland A's, he returned to pitch six scoreless innings, giving up two hits and four walks.

He struck out five en route to an 8-0 victory.

"He was surprisingly sharp with most of his pitches, especially his breaking stuff," Houston manager Dusty Baker said. "He was very competitive. We didn't know what to expect. He was great."

McCullers said, "All in all, I thought my stuff was really good, especially as the game went along."

McCullers has never faced the Braves.

Houston has benefited from the offensive resurgence of Alex Bregman, who was plagued by injuries the last two seasons. The third baseman went 4-for-6 with two homers and six RBIs on Thursday, and he is batting .432 (16-for-37) with five homers, 16 RBIs, six walks and only two strikeouts over the past 10 games.

"I'm trying to get back to the mechanics I had," Bregman said. "We've been working hard this year, and a lot of people have helped me out working in the cage. It's been good the last few months of being more consistent."

The Braves got a nice series in New York from Robbie Grossman, who started in left field and hit .364 (4-for-11) with two homers, four RBIs and three runs in the four games. It appears Grossman, acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline this month, has displaced Marcell Ozuna, who did not play against New York.

"The guys have worked with him, noticed some things, and he's put it into play," Snitker said of Grossman. "He's been really good. He's been a good addition."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 19, 2022