A National League East battle concludes on Sunday, August 30, 2020, when the Atlanta Braves (18-14) and Philadelphia Phillies (14-14) finish their three-game series. Atlanta leads a tight NL East as Miami and Philadelphia are just two games back, the New York Mets three, and the Washington Nationals five. This game will air live on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. EST.
The Philadelphia Phillies blew a big lead but fought back for a 7-4 win in 11 innings Friday night. Scott Kingery blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to power the Phillies to their fourth straight win. Philadelphia won their fifth straight game with a 4-1-win Saturday night. The Phillies used a Rhys Hoskins three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth, and a great start from Zach Eflin, to beat Atlanta for the second straight game.
Below is my pick for the Major League Baseball showdown between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. All odds are from MGM Sportsbook.
Atlanta Braves (+120) at Philadelphia Phillies (-130)
Pitching Matchup: Huascar Ynoa (0-0, 4.32 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) vs Jake Arrieta (2-3, 4.32 ERA, 1.28 WHIP)
Huascar Ynoa is set to make his fifth appearance, and third start, of 2020 as he will look to be a strong opener for Atlanta Sunday night. Ynoa was the starter in his first two appearances and the righty gave up a combined five hits and three earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched. The 22-year-old’s two most recent relief appearances have seen Ynoa give up four hits and one earned run in five combined innings.
Jake Arrieta finally found some form in his most recent start and will look to make it two in a row Sunday night. Arrieta held the Washington Nationals to three hits and one earned fun in five innings of work. In his two prior starts, Arrieta have up a combined 12 hits and eight earned runs in nine innings.
Shortstop Dansby Swanson leads the Braves with a .307 batting average and Freddie Freeman has a team high .417 on base percentage, .559 slugging percentage, and a .975 OPS. Designated hitter Marcell Ozuna leads the team with eight home runs and 21 RBI’s.
It has been the Bryce Harper show in Philadelphia this season as the right fielder has a team best .303 batting average, .439 on base percentage, .607 slugging, and 1.045 OPS. Catcher J.T. Realmuto is powering Philadelphia with nine home runs and 25 RBI’s.
MLB Pick: I like the Philadelphia Phillies to finish off the sweep Sunday night.
2020 Picks Record: 35-33