The Philadelphia Phillies are -130 favorites to beat the Atlanta Braves on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep of their series. Photo by: @NBCPhiladelphia (Twitter.com).
- The Philadelphia Phillies are -130 favorites to beat the Atlanta Braves on Sunday at Citizens Bank Park
- Philadelphia would complete a three-game sweep of this weekend series
- See below for odds, analysis and our betting prediction
There’s a lot on the line for the Philadelphia Phillies as they take the field Sunday night at Citizens Bank Park for a 7:08pm ET start against the Atlanta Braves.
First of all, thanks to Saturday’s 4-1 victory, the Phils extended two current hot streaks. Philadelphia is rolling along on a five-game winning streak. They’ve also taken three in a row from the Braves.
With a victory Sunday, they’d also improve to 15-14 and be above .500 for the first time this season.
The bookmakers are banking on it happening. Behind the pitching of starter Jake Arrieta, the Phillies are -130 favorites to complete the sweep in the Braves vs Phillies odds.
Braves vs Phillies Odds
|Team||Moneyline||Runline||Total at DraftKings|
|Atlanta Braves||+110||+1.5 (-177)||O 10 (-112)|
|Philadelphia Phillies||-130||-1.5 (+148)||U 10 (-109)|
Odds taken Aug. 29
Atlanta, losers of two in a row, are +110 underdogs. They’ll counter with righthander Huascar Ynoa, who’ll make his seventh big-league appearance and third start.
The Braves are now 1-8 this season against the runline as a road underdog.
Philadelphia has won five consecutive games for the first time since July 31-Aug. 5, 2018. This five-game streak was preceded by a five-game slide.
Saturday’s triumph ended up moving them to .500 in the standings for the first time since Aug. 18.
No chance of this one staying in the yard. #RingTheBell pic.twitter.com/hxhNbNGnXy
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) August 29, 2020
The last time the Phillies moved above the .500 mark was on Sept. 28 of last year when they were 81-80. Another win on Sunday would leave Philadelphia just one game behind the NL East-leading Braves (18-14).
None For The Braves
Atlanta’s ofer in this series has been greased by a 1-for-17 number with runners in scoring position. Atlanta is 6-4 over the last 10 games.
Snitker also said they expect to get Adam Duvall back in the lineup Sunday. Matt Adams will be looked at after fouling a ball off his leg
— Kris Willis (@Kris_Willis) August 29, 2020
Outfielder Adam Duvall sat out Saturday’s game with a sore right Achilles. He’s expected to play Sunday.
Designated hitter Matt Adams fouled a ball off his left knee in the fifth inning Saturday. His status for Sunday is uncertain.
Arrieta Figuring It Out
Arrieta checked the Washington Nationals on one run and three hits, throwing 54 pitches over five innings before a rain delay halted his night’s work.
The righthander got the win in Philadelphia’s 8-3 verdict. On the season, he’s 2-3 with a 4.32 ERA.
Braves Career Stats vs Arrieta
The victory ended a two-start losing streak for Arrieta. He’d allowed four earned runs in less than five innings in consecutive losses to the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.
Arrieta got the decision Aug. 8 in a 5-0 shutout over the Braves. He worked six innings of three-hit ball, striking out six against one walk.
The #Phillies send Jake Arrieta to the mound tonight to face the #Nationals. Arrieta has favored the slider much more in 2020 while cutting down on his changeup. #RingTheBell
Here’s a look at both with BallR. 👇👇 pic.twitter.com/ziqHhSb3Ij
— Michael Augustine (@AugustineMLB) August 25, 2020
In 10 career starts against Atlanta, Arrieta is 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.166 WHIP. He’s checked the Braves on a .206 batting average and a .300 on-base percentage.
The Phillies bats are working for Arrieta. The Phillies have offered him run support that’s averaging out to 4.70 per game. Arrieta is 99-35 when his team provides him with a minimum of three runs.
Ynoa For Openers
This will be the third time during the month of August that Ynoa is being deployed as an opener by the starting pitching-starved Braves.
A three game series with the biggest threat in the division and the Braves will have thrown out Erlin, Tomlin and Ynoa. If they don’t acquire a starting pitcher at the trade deadline…
— SportsTalkATL.com (@SportsTalkATL) August 29, 2020
He worked 2.1 innings to start against the Phillies in a 5-2 victory on Aug. 9. Ynoa allowed one hit and one earned run, walking one and striking out one.
Phillies Career Stats vs Ynoa
He also made a relief appearance against Philadelphia on Aug. 21. Ynoa worked two innings during an 11-2 win. The 22-year-old surrendered two hits and two walks. He allowed one earned run and chalked up one strikeout.
His major-league debut on June 16, 2019 was also against the Phils. He pitched two scoreless innings to close out a 15-1 victory, allowing one hit and striking out two.
For the season, Ynoa is 0-0 with a 4.32 ERA.
Pick: Philadelphia Phillies (-130).
An industry veteran, Bob literally taught the course on the history of sports at Elder College. He has worked as a Sports Columnist for Postmedia, appeared as a guest on several radio stations, was the Vice President of the Society For International Hockey Research in Ontario, and written 25 books.