Spencer Strider faces the Angels for the first time as the Braves look to even the series

The Atlanta Braves will face off with the Angels in game two of their three-game series at Truist Park on a busy trade deadline day.

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The Atlanta Braves were unable to get a lot of offense going in game one of their series with the Los Angeles Angels.

They'll look to change that as they take the Angels on in game two. Spencer Strider will take the bump as he faces Los Angeles for the first time in his young career. Strider currently is 11-3 with a 3.73 ERA on the season and is just 1 strikeout shy of 200 for the season.

That puts Strider in a position to break his own record set last season when he recorded 200 strikeouts in 130 innings. He currently has 199 through 123 innings so it's more of a question of when he will break the record and not if he will break it.

He will have to contend with an Angels lineup that features Shohei Ohtani and proved to be a little pesky last night. The Braves offense was only able to muster one run thanks to Matt Olson who hit the team's 200th homer into right field.

Strider will be opposed by Patrick Sandoval who carries a 4.13 ERA through 98 innings. His last start came against the Tigers on July 27th. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. He had a rough month in June with a 7.11 ERA but that dropped drastically in July.

Sandoval's July ERA finished at 2.08 through 17.1 innings with 9 walks and 16 strikeouts. One thing that sticks out there is the high amount of walks. That could play to the Braves' advantage if they can just work the count a little bit.

Hopefully, the Braves can get themselves in a position to tie up the series tonight and then have an opportunity to win the series before heading off to Chicago to face the Cubs. The Braves have made some additions to their bullpen and even added another arm in the form of Brad Hand today.

Max Fried is expected to return to the rotation this weekend, though nothing has been made official yet. Don't miss out on another great night of baseball as things kick off from Truist Park at 7:20 PM EST.