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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Bryce Elder #55 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Truist Park on September 26, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

It took the Braves forever to announce their game 3 starter. But we finally have an answer. It will be second-year pitcher Bryce Elder. He will be making his first-ever post-season appearance in front of a raucous Phillies crowd, with Aaron Nola out there for the Phillies.

The problem with Bryce Elder, is the Phillies have barely seen him. He has pitched against the Phillies just twice. The first time, back in June, he pitched 7 scoreless innings. More recently, he gave up 4 runs over 3.2 innings. In those 2 starts his ERA against the Phillies is 3.38

And that is kind of the story of how Bryce Elder’s whole season went. In the first half, he was great. He had a 2.97 ERA over his first 18 starts. His second half was awful though. Over his last 13 starts, his ERA was 5.15. His BAA rose by .020 points in the second half, and his WHIP rose .21 points. And in his last 3 starts, he gave up 13 runs over 12.1 innings. He last pitched on September 26th.

Now he is set to make his first-ever postseason appearance. It is very likely they have a short leash on him, and he only gets to see each Phillies hitter once. But it didn’t take the Phillies long to get to him the last time they saw him. And chasing him early could put serious strain on the Braves bullpen for tomorrow.

Because he has just 2 starts against the Phillies, the Phillies hitters do not have many at-bats against him. In fact, none of the Phillies players have more than 5 plate appearances against him. And with one of those games being a 7-inning shutout, the numbers don’t look too good for a lot of them, in that small sample size. Still, it is worth looking at how the Phillies have hit against him in the past.

Here is the Phillies Lineup’s Stats Against Bryce Elder:

  • Kyle Schwarber

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 04: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a one-run RBI double during the third inning against the Miami Marlins in Game Two of the Wild Card Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 04, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .000/.200/.000/.200 

    0 for 4, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 2Ks 

     

  • Trea Turner

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 04: Trea Turner #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a one-run RBI single during the third inning against the Miami Marlins in Game Two of the Wild Card Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 04, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .000/.600/.000/.600

    0 for 2, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 2 BBs, 0 Ks

  • Bryce Harper

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 04: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins in Game Two of the Wild Card Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 04, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (

    Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .000/.200/.000/.200

    0 for 4, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 0 Ks

  • Alec Bohm

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 05: Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two run home run during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Citizens Bank Park on August 05, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .400/.400/.400/.800

    2 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 1 RBI, 0 BBs, 0 Ks

  • Bryson Stott

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 04: Bryson Stott #5 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts after hitting a grand slam during the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins in Game Two of the Wild Card Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 04, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    .000/.200/.000/.200 

    0 for 4, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 K 

  • JT Realmuto

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 04: J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins in Game Two of the Wild Card Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 04, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    O for 3, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Nick Castellanos

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on after hitting a solo home run during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on September 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .400/.400/1.600/2.000 

    2 for 5, 2 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 3 RBIs, 0 BBs, 2 Ks 

  • Brandon Marsh

    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 01: Brandon Marsh #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three run home run against the New York Mets during the ninth inning of their game at Citi Field on October 01, 2023 in New York City.

    (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    .667/.750/.667/1.417

    2 for 3, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 0 Ks

  • Johan Rojas

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 03: Johan Rojas #18 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single during the third inning against the Miami Marlins in Game One of the Wild Card Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 03, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

    Has Not Faced Bryce Elder

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