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Braves vs. Phillies: The Key Stats You NEED to Know Before Opening Day Bets

Spring is in the air which only means one thing – it’s time for America’s favorite pastime to take center stage once again. Forget those dreary winter days, because the diamond is about to sizzle with a scorching Opening Day MLB showdown between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves in Citizens Park, PHI at 3:05 PM ET on the MLB Network or streaming on MLB.tv.

 

It's Bryce Harper vs. Ronald Acuña Jr. in a star-studded Opening Day MLB showdown.
It's Bryce Harper vs. Ronald Acuña Jr. in a star-studded Opening Day MLB showdown. Image from x/@fitdaddy_scott

Braves vs. Phillies: The Key Stats You NEED to Know Before Opening Day Bets

Right-handed pitcher Spencer Strider will get the start for the visiting Braves while the Phillies will counter with the $126 million dollar man Zack Wheeler. If that isn’t enough viewers will feast on the bats of Bryce Harper and Ronald Acuña Jr. This is the ultimate MLB Opening Day pitching showdown. View the latest Opening Day Odds For The Braves vs Phillies.

 

Braves vs. Phillies Game Information and Streaming Option

  • Matchup: Atlanta Braves (0-0) vs Philadelphia Phillies (0-0)
  • Date: Thursday, March 28, 3:05 PM ET
  • Starting Pitchers: ATL: RHP Spencer Strider (0-0), PHI: RHP Zack Wheeler (0-0)
  • TV/Stream: MLB Network/MLB.tv

 

Is Strider Braves’ Best Bet To Start The Season With A Dub?

Taking the Mound for Atlanta, we have Braves’ flame-throwing phenom, Spencer Strider. Ever since bursting onto the scene, Strider has been dealing straight fire, racking up an eye-popping 483 strikeouts over the last two seasons. Having led the NL in wins, K’s, and FIP last season, it could easily be argued that last season’s NL Cy Young Award had Strider’s name written all over, if it wasn’t for San Diego’s Blake Snell running away with the title.

Seeing his share of work in Atlanta’s rotation grow significantly in the past couple of seasons including regular and postseason outings, at the age of 24 there are fears that the load might end up catching up to him and injury scares taking over Strider’s progression in the league. And yes, while small injuries have tried to rain on his parade, he’s hungrier than ever to show the baseball world what he’s truly made of putting on a pitching clinic in the “City of Brotherly Love” on Thursday.

 

Should You Bet On Wheeler To Cruise To Victory Against Atlanta?

Facing off against Strider, standing tall and proud in that iconic Phillies red, is the newly minted ace, Zack Wheeler. After inking his name on a whopping three year, $126 million extension, you better believe he’s aiming to earn every penny of it.

After being the literal definition of a workhorse for Philly, having missed only five starts since joining the club, there’s no question Strider has shown everyone in the Phillies organization that when it comes to consistency on the mound he’s their guy.

With an arsenal of pitches led by an amazing four-seam fastball, Wheeler, who is turning 34 early in the season, will be looking to make the most out of what could end up being his final big money deal in the majors.

Taking his 212 strikeouts last season into consideration, as well as his gobsmacking postseason numbers from 2023 where he finished out his run with a 1.95 ERA over five games with 35 K’s and just three walks in 27,2 innings of work, how can Philly go wrong with giving Wheeler the reigns of the team in the home season opener?

So, who’s taking the first dub in this season opening three-game series in Philly? Will Strider’s blistering heaters overpower Wheeler’s crafty repertoire? Can Bryce Harper channel his inner superhero once more and lead the Phillies to victory? Or will the Braves’ young guns simply be too much to handle?

One thing’s for sure here, this Opening Day matchup promises more fireworks than the Fourth of July. So grab your peanuts and Cracker Jacks, because it’s time to play ball! The 2024 season is officially underway, and it’s going be one wild ride.

 

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