An MLB Game Day & Series Preview – Philidelphia Phillies VS Atlanta Braves – Truist Park, Cumberland, GA. (05.08.2021 – 05.09.2021)
When: May 8 & 9, 2021
Where: Truist Park – Cumberland, GA
TV: Saturday – 7:20 PM EST | FS1
Sunday – 7:00 PM EST | ESPN
Series Pitching Match-Ups
5/8 – Vince Velasquez vs. Ian Anderson
5/9 – Aaron Nola vs. Huascar Ynoa
Philidelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves Series Preview
This weekend, the Phillies matchup against the Braves for the seventh and eighth time this season. The Phillies started the season with a three-game sweep over the Braves, but the Braves won the next three-game series 2-1. Lastly, on Friday night, the Phillies routed the Braves 12-2. This will be an exciting weekend of Philidelphia Phillies VS Atlanta Braves games on national television.
On Saturday, Ian Anderson will attempt to pull his season together. In his last start, he allowed 4 earned runs, 6 hits in just 4 innings. For Philidelphia, Vince Velasquez will try to continue the dominance that he brought in his last start against the Brewers, where he allowed 1 earned run and 4 hits in 6.0 innings. In 14 career appearances (12 starts), Velasquez against the Braves has a record of 1-6 with a 4.83 ERA.
On Sunday, Huascar Ynoa will attempt to extend his win streak to 4 games. He has allowed 2 earned runs, 1 homer, 5 walks, and 18 strikeouts in 18.1 innings during his win streak. Aaron Nola will take the hill for the Phillies on Sunday. This season he is 3-1 with 1 shut out, a 2.89 ERA, and 10.1 K/9.
To strengthen their bullpen, the Braves optioned Edgar Santana to Triple-A Gwinnett and replaced his roster spot with Carl Edwards. Braves manager Brian Snitker told reporters, “Carl has been through the wars before, and he’s an established veteran. When the guy is throwing good, there is no better time to give him a go.”
On Friday night, Philadelphia benefited from Jean Segura and Bryce Harper returning. Segura went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Harper went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a walk. Manager Joe Girardi has immense confidence in those two. He said, “I’m excited to have them both back. They both, before they went down, were swinging the bat great. Both were extremely hot, they were getting big hits for us and, obviously, they’re staples in our lineup that we’ve been missing.”
Ronald Acuña Jr. currently leads the MLB with 10 home runs, 29 runs, .670 SLG, 1.083 OPS, and 75 total bases. He also has 22 RBI and 7 doubles. Freddie Freeman leaders the MLB in intentionally walks with 5. He has 7 homers and 18 RBI. The 2020 Silver Slugger and “MVFreeman,” is batting just .195 this season.
Bryce Harper leads the National League with .449 OBP and 190 OPS+. He has launched 6 balls out of the park this season and has driven in just 10 runs. He also has an astounding .322 batting average and 1.046 OPS. Both J.T. Realmuto and Rhys Hoskins are 1 homer away from 100 career homers. They will each try to reach this milestone this weekend.
Philidelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves Trends & Fantasy Baseball Picks
- Phillies are 6-1 in their last 7 games with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
- Braves are 1-6 in their last 7 home games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
- Over is 8-1 in Phillies last 9 road games vs. a team with a losing record.
StatementGames Fantasy Baseball Picks
- Atlanta Braves Bullpen WILL Record a SV
- Bryce Harper + Alec Bohm OVER 0.5 EXTRA BASE HITS
- Atlanta Braves OVER 1.5 HR’s