Not much separates the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves in terms of offensive ineptitude.
They're separated by 11 wins, however, as the Phillies have one of the NL's best records while the Braves are off to their worst 30-game start since at least 1900.
Philadelphia looks to continue its surprising start in Tuesday night's series opener with an Atlanta team trying to avoid an 11th straight home loss.
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Only three NL teams have more wins than the Phillies (18-14) despite their .227 batting average, 104 runs and .643 OPS. Only the Braves rank worse in the league, hitting .226 and scoring 90 to go with a .582 OPS.
"We seem to scratch and get a run here and there" Phillies manager Pete Mackanin told MLB's official website.
Philadelphia plated more than four runs for the first time in 13 games Sunday, rallying with two in the eighth inning to beat Miami 6-5. The Phillies improved their major league-best record in one-run games to 11-3 after going an NL-worst 16-27 in such contests last season.
''We're finding ways to win,'' said Philadelphia rookie Tyler Goeddel, whose double Sunday drove in the tying run and then came around to score the winner. ''It has been fun to be a part of.''
It hasn't been nearly as much fun for the Braves (7-23), but manager Fredi Gonzalez insists his team isn't getting down.
''You know what we fight, we battle,'' he said after Sunday's 5-3, 11-inning loss to Arizona. ''Now we've just got to get some breaks."
Although the losses can run together, Sunday's was especially painful after Atlanta rallied for three runs in the eighth to tie the score. Three innings later, the Braves were handed their fourth straight loss overall and 15th in 16 games at Turner Field. Only the 1913 New York Yankees - who lost their first 15 games - have had a worse home start to the season.
''You lose today's game after tying it and you sit in the dugout and you see guys' faces,'' Gonzalez said. "I was hoping to get a walk-off win just to get momentum going.''
One glimmer of hope is the last man to lead the Braves to victory is set to take the ball, and he is coming off a gem.
Seven days after permitting five runs over five innings in a loss to Boston, Matt Wisler (1-2, 3.24 ERA) tossed eight innings of one-hit ball in Tuesday's 3-0 win over the New York Mets. His .175 opponents' batting average is sixth-best in the majors.
"He pays attention to detail and he keeps getting better," Gonzalez said.
The second-year right-hander improved to 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA in five career starts on at least six days' rest, with another such outing coming against Philadelphia. The Phillies, though, handed Wisler one of the worst beatings of his career, tagging him for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings last August.
Ryan Howard went 3 for 3 against him in that one but is 2 for 22 in his last nine games, though both hits were homers.
Nick Markakis has been one of Atlanta's few offensive threats and is batting .400 during an eight-game hitting streak against the Phillies.
Freddie Freeman also frustrated Philadelphia last season, hitting .344 with 15 RBIs, including a .550 average at home.
The Braves took seven of nine from the Phillies in Atlanta last year.
Adam Morgan (0-0, 6.00) lost all three of his starts against the Braves as a rookie in 2015, posting a 4.00 ERA.
The left-hander regressed after striking out seven over five innings in his season debut against Cleveland on April 29, allowing three runs and six hits in four-plus innings of Wednesday's 5-2 loss at St. Louis. He walked two and struck out two.