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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves - 3/30/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, PA
The Line
Philadelphia Phillies -136 / Atlanta Braves +112 -- O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FS-1, FS-Southeast
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The Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies meet in game two of their three game NL East division set from Citizens’ Bank Park in MLB action on Saturday afternoon.

The Atlanta Braves will look to bounce back after being stepped on in their season opener on Thursday, losing to the Phillies by a final score of 10-4. Matt Joyce led the Braves, putting up a pinch-hit two-run home run, while Ronald Acuna Jr. and Nick Markakis each had an RBI as well in the loss. Dansby Swanson had a double, while Brian McCann, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each had a base knock as well in the defeat. Julio Teheran took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits while striking out seven over five innings of work. Bryse Wilson will start game two and was 1-0 with a 6.43 ERA and 6 strikeouts last season. This will be Wilson’s first career start against Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Phillies will look to build on their strong start to the season after pelting the Braves in game one on Thursday. Rhys Hoskins, Maikel Franco and Andrew McCutchen each went yard, with Hoskins hitting a grand slam and Franco hitting a 3-run shot while McCutchen hit a solo homer. Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez each had an RBI as well while Jean Segura went 2 for 4 at the dish in the win. Aaron Nola got the win, improving to 1-0 on the year after tossing six innings, allowing just one run while walking five and striking out eight on his way to the victory. Nick Pivetta will start game two and was 7-14 with a 4.77 ERA and 188 strikeouts last season. In his career, Pivetta is 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA and 35 strikeouts against Atlanta.

Atlanta is 1-6 in their last 7 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 division games while the over is 17-5-1 in their last 23 games against a team with a winning record. Philadelphia is 0-5 in Pivetta’s last 5 starts and 3-9 in their last 12 games overall while the over is 7-3-1 in Pivetta’s last 11 starts against a team with a losing record. Philadelphia is 6-2 in Pivetta’s last 8 starts against Atlanta.

Pivetta did not look good at all down the stretch last season, as the Phils lost each of his last five starts. However, we saw the offensive firepower that this year’s Phillies team possesses, and that was with Bryce Harper going hitless. The Braves will figure things out, but for this game, I see Pivetta starting off the year on a high note against an Atlanta club that he’s had a lot of success against over the years, so I’ll lay the juice with Philadelphia in this spot.

Philadelphia -136

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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