The 2018 NL East winning Atlanta Braves pay a visit to one of the four teams hoping to dethrone them in the Philadelphia Phillies to open the MLB season. First pitch will be thrown shortly after 3:05 p.m. Eastern.
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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Projected Starting Pitchers
RHP Julio Teheran vs. RHP Aaron Nola
Teheran will tie a Braves record with his sixth consecutive Opening Day start. He brought his best to those previous five, pitching to a 2.73 ERA.
Nola enjoyed a breakout year in 2018 with a 2.37 ERA and 9.47 K/9 with just 2.46 walks per nine, while finishing third in Cy Young voting. He went 17-6 over 33 starts and 212 1/3 innings.
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Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies: By the Numbers
- The Phillies +190 are co-favorites to win the division this year with Atlanta well behind at +325.
- The Phillies finished the offseason as MLB’s second-highest spending team at nearly $475 million, according to Spotrac, bolstered mainly by OF Bryce Harper‘s 13-year, $330-million deal.
- Philadelphia is 20-18 in the head-to-head matchups over the past two years, but Atlanta was 12-7 last year.
Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Key Injuries
Braves reliever and offseason addition Darren O’Day isn’t expected to be cleared for opening day, as he battles back from a forearm issue.
Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Picks and Betting Tips
Moneyline: The oddsmakers are backing Nola and Harper at -200 for the outright win. Teheran’s stellar Opening Day stats are too good to ignore. Add in the offseason addition of 3B Josh Donaldson and the Braves are worth a sprinkle at +168.
Against the spread: The Braves are -126 to cover +1.5 for the less adventurous bettors out there.
Over/under: There are two aces on the hill, but both teams focused on addressing the offense this offseason. The line is set at 8.5 and -102 for the over is the play.
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