Astros play the Braves after Tucker’s 4-hit game

August 19, 2022 GMT

Houston Astros (77-43, first in the AL West) vs. Atlanta Braves (73-47, second in the NL East)

Atlanta; Friday, 7:20 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, .00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, five strikeouts); Braves: Kyle Wright (14-5, 3.14 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 129 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Braves -130, Astros +110; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Astros take on the Atlanta Braves after Kyle Tucker’s four-hit game on Thursday.

Atlanta has a 73-47 record overall and a 40-23 record at home. The Braves have a 17-10 record in games decided by one run.

Houston is 77-43 overall and 38-25 on the road. The Astros have the No. 1 team ERA in the AL at 3.05.

The teams meet Friday for the first time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Riley leads Atlanta with 30 home runs while slugging .566. Matt Olson is 10-for-41 with four home runs and nine RBI over the past 10 games.

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Alex Bregman has 32 doubles, 18 home runs and 72 RBI while hitting .264 for the Astros. Tucker is 16-for-41 with three doubles, a triple and two home runs over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 9-1, .287 batting average, 2.93 ERA, outscored opponents by 32 runs

Astros: 7-3, .296 batting average, 3.84 ERA, outscored opponents by 29 runs

INJURIES: Braves: Chadwick Tromp: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Ehire Adrianza: 10-Day IL (illness), Adam Duvall: 60-Day IL (wrist), Orlando Arcia: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Darren O’Day: 15-Day IL (calf), Luke Jackson: 60-Day IL (elbow), Ozzie Albies: 60-Day IL (foot), Manny Pina: 60-Day IL (wrist), Mike Soroka: 60-Day IL (achilles)

Astros: Aledmys Diaz: 10-Day IL (groin), Michael Brantley: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Jason Castro: 60-Day IL (knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (elbow), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.