Atlanta Braves (0-1) at Philadelphia Phillies (1-0)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 1:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)
Ian Anderson (0-0) (0.00) vs. Zach Eflin (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +120 / Atlanta Braves -140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies meet Sunday in MLB action from Citizens Bank Park.
This will be the third and final installment of a three-game weekend set between these teams. The Phillies took the Thursday matchup 3-2, then in the Saturday game Philly kept it going with a shutout victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta managed to come back from an 0-2 deficit and force extra innings on Thursday, but ultimately fell in the 10th frame. In the Saturday game, the Braves couldn’t get any offense going and notched just one hit in a 4-0 shutout loss. Travis d’Arnaud had the only hit.
For the Sunday starting pitcher slot, the Braves will send out Ian Anderson. Last season Anderson was solid, notching a 3-2 record with a 1.95 ERA and 41 Ks in 32.1 innings. In the postseason Anderson pitched 17.2 straight scoreless innings, ending in the NLCS.
Over on the Phillies’ side, they were able to pepper in enough offense on Thursday to get the job done, thanks in part to JT Realmuto’s 2-for-4 line and an RBI. In the Saturday game Philly’s Zach Wheeler pitched 7.0 innings with just one hit and 10 strikeouts for the win.
For the starter slot on Sunday, the Phillies will be sending out Zach Eflin. Last year over 11 games (10 starts), Eflin put up a 4-2 record with a 3.97 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 59.0 total innings. He notched a nice 2-0 record with a 0.82 ERA this spring.
The Braves are 41-16 in their last 57 in game three of a series and 47-19 in their last 66 Sunday games. The Braves are 16-5 in their last 21 versus a team with a winning record and 11-5 in their last 16 road games versus a right-handed starter.
Meanwhile, the Phillies are 5-16 in their last 21 Sunday games and 8-21 in their last 29 in game three of a series. Philly is 14-5 in their last 19 home games and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
PICK: I’m going to stick with the Braves despite the lack of offense the last couple of games. This should be a pretty darn good starting pitcher matchup, however. Anderson was great last year, holding opponents to a .104 batting average and posting a nice playoff run. Eflin had a great spring with his 0.82 ERA and should hit the ground running here. I like a lower-scoring game with Atlanta eking out a late win.