It’s a beautiful day for baseball in Philadelphia as the Phillies look to avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of the Braves. First pitch is set for 1:35 PM ET at Citizens Bank Park, and you can catch the action on NSPPH.

Chris Sale takes the mound for Atlanta, while Ranger Suárez gets the start for Philadelphia. The Braves are currently favored at -137 on the money line, while the Phillies are sitting at +114. The over/under line is set at 8.5 runs.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES VS ATLANTA BRAVES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies Moneyline +114

This game will be played at Citizens Bank Park at 1:35 ET on Sunday, March 31st.

HOW TO BET THE BRAVES VS PHILLIES:

  • We have the Phillies winning by a score of 6 to 5
  • If you’re looking for a run line pick, we also like the Phillies to cover
  • As for an over/under pick, we have this game finishing with 11 runs and like the over

The Braves and Phillies played a high-scoring game in the previous matchup of this series, with the Braves coming out on top by a score of 12-4. Atlanta was the road favorite at -137. Despite the lopsided score, the Braves only hit one more home run than the Phillies and finished with four more hits.

Max Fried got the start for Atlanta but only went two-thirds of an inning, giving up three earned runs. Jesse Chavez got the win out of the bullpen, while Aaron Nola took the loss for the Phillies, giving up seven earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work.

The Braves’ offense did most of its damage in the 2nd and 3rd innings, scoring two runs in the 1st and three in the 2nd and 3rd. Ozzie Albies, Michael Harris II, and Marcell Ozuna each drove in three runs, while both Albies and Harris went deep.

Braves Records & Stats

Coming off a season in which he made 20 starts, Chris Sale will be facing the Phillies in his first start of the season. Last year, Sale went 6-5 with an ERA of 4.29. He made one complete game and had six quality starts. Overall, Sale averaged 10.96 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.54 walks per nine. For the season, he allowed 15 home runs and had a strikeouts-to-walks ratio of 4.3.

When looking at the Braves’ player projections for today, we see that Matt Olson has the highest home run projection on the team and the 6th best in the league. Austin Riley is 2nd on the team in terms of hits and has the 8th best home run projection in the league. Marcell Ozuna is 5th on the team in terms of hits and has the 7th best home run projection in the league. Ronald Acuña Jr. has the best hits projection on the team and the 16th best in the league.

Phillies Records & Stats

Coming off a season in which he made 22 starts, Ranger Suárez will look to improve upon his 4-6 record and 4.18 ERA. Overall, Suárez made 22 appearances and turned in 11 quality starts. On the season, he allowed 13 home runs and averaged 2.2 walks per game. His WHIP was 1.42, and his FIP was 3.90. For the season, Suárez averaged 8.57 strikeouts per nine innings and 3.46 walks per nine innings.

According to our projections, Kyle Schwarber has the best chance to hit a home run for the Phillies in today’s game, as his home run projection is 4th best in the league. Bryce Harper is also a top candidate to go deep, as his home run projection is 7th best in the league today. In terms of total hits, Trea Turner is our top projected hitter for the Phillies, with the 17th best hits projection in the league today. Alec Bohm has the 2nd best hits projection on the team.