Nick Pivetta & Vince Velasquez
Both Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez have surprised fans and the club this season winning a combined seven games this year with a 4.01 ERA. Velasquez has impressed in his last two outing pitching through the sixth and averaging 16 pitches per inning, something that’s plagued his career.
Pivetta has also pitched two bounce-back games after allowing six runs in one inning against the Nationals. Striking out 18 hitters in his last 12 innings allowing six hits, one earned run, and one walk Pivetta looks like the budding star the Phillies saw in late April.
The two starters will get the opening two games of the series against Atlanta. Pivetta is 3-1 in six starts against Atlanta with a 3.48 ERA while Velasquez is 0-4 with a 4.89 ERA in seven starts.
Luckily for the Phillies the hitters aren’t scheduled to face Atlanta’s best pitchers Julio Teheran or Sean Newcomb, suggesting some run support could be on the way for Pivetta and Velasquez.
Velasquez receives the sixth-most run support in baseball with the offense supplying seven runs a game. There’s an outlier with the Phillies 20-run game during his second start, but they’ve scored six runs in each of his last two starts. Pivetta receives much less support with 4.3 runs per game.