Braves vs. Phillies Saturday Prediction
The Phillies gave their fans at Citizens Bank Park a taste of what is to come on Opening Day when they scored 10 runs off Atlanta pitching. Will Philly beat their NL East rivals again when the teams meet at 4:05 p.m. ET Saturday?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, March 30, 2019
4:05 p.m. ET, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
TV: FS1, FS South (Braves); NBC Sports Philadelphia (Phillies)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Phillies as a -145 favorite over the Braves, who are +120 money line underdogs to pull off the upset. As of this writing, 68% of betting tickets are on the Phillies to win outright.
This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Atlanta Braves Fantasy Spin
Bryse Wilson, Kyle Wright and Max Fried have made the Braves' rotation. Mike Foltynewicz (elbow) will begin the season on the injured list and it appears that Kevin Gausman (shoulder) will, as well, creating openings for the aforementioned trio. Wilson and Wright will start the second and third games of the season in Philadelphia, respectively, while Fried is set up to start the sixth game.
Philadelphia Phillies Fantasy Spin
Nick Pivetta surrendered three runs in five-plus innings and struck out eight Wednesday against the Tigers. It was one run through five, but Pivetta allowed two straight to reach to begin the sixth before being pulled and both runners came around to score. Pivetta's eight strikeouts today were two more than he totaled over 11 1/3 innings in his first three starts.
MLB Betting Trends
The Braves have now lost five straight road games dating back to last season.
The Phillies have lost five straight games in which Pivetta starts.
As you read in the betting trends section, the Phillies have not been profitable in Pivetta’s starts. That said, he’s a popular breakout candidate this season after he improved his strikeout rate from 2017 and lowered his walk rate in the process. He will give up the long ball but he should also receive plenty of run support this afternoon. Wilson has a bright future in Atlanta, but this is a tough first assignment for the youngster. Set to face Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Rhys Hoskins and Jean Segura in a hitter’s park, I’m going to fade Wilson and the Braves today.
The Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -148