This doubleheader Sunday between the Braves and the Phillies is not something to be missed. Check out this pregame preview as you hype up to this exciting clash.
This weekend will be action-packed as Atlanta Braves is marching to Citizens Bank Park on Sunday afternoon for a double header against Philadelphia Phillies.
Atlanta Braves Versus Philadelphia Phillies
The Braves enter the weekend with a 9-5 overall record after winning a stunning seven out of their past nine games. Meanwhile, Philadelphia is back in the division race with a 3-4 record. Will the Phillies be able to get back on track with a home victory in the opening game of a doubleheader versus the Braves on Sunday?
The matchup between the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies scheduled for Friday night was postponed because of heavy rain. Therefore, the two teams will have a fiery doubleheader of seven-inning games on Sunday.
The Atlanta Braves (9-5) are going up against the Philadelphia Phillies (3-4) in a doubleheader Sunday. These teams are both from the NL East, and in spite of the significant difference in the number of games played for each team, they’re not too far apart in their positions. The Braves are division’s 2nd ranked team, while the Phillies follow quite closely by just two spots behind. The first match of this doubleheader will be the second game in their 4-game series. This is not much at all, especially if you look at their past encounter records: In the season of 2019, the teams played an arduous nineteen game series against one another. After trading the lead back and forth all season, the final tally ended up being 10-9 in Philadelphia’s favor.
Braves Looks To Bounce Back
Expect the starting game for this doubleheader Sunday to be at least scorching hot, especially on Atlanta’s side. The Braves will play in high spirits, as they will be looking not to bounce back from the last 5-0 blow, but also to get back to the sweet winning streak that they had just some games ago.
Atlanta Braves is in top form, as they have been delivering some impressive efficiency in their past games leading up to this series. The team set up a striking five-game win streak spanning two different series, starting from the last games against the Tampa Bay almost all the way to their series with New York Mets.
The glorious winning streak, however, was interrupted as the Braves suffered a loss in their second game in the series against Blue Jays and a 5-0 blowout in the series opener against the Phillies. However, this is not at all something for the Phillies to cheer over. Instead, it might exactly be the reason for Atlanta Braves to put up one of their top performances to beat Philadelphia and get back to their glorious winning spree.
Phillies Looking To Continue Positive Momentum
Philadelphia Phillies are off for a great start in this four-game series against the Braves as they accomplished an impressive 5-0 victory.
In the series opener, Phillies’ lineup proved to be especially effective. Jake Arrieta pitched like the ace the Phillies has been in need for three years. He is expected to lead Philadelphia to a sweep of this series and off to make some noise in the National League playoff.
Meanwhile, Arrieta tossed six shutout innings for his first win in more than a year, and Jay Bruce and J.T. Realmuto both homered to guide the Phillies through the Atlanta Braves 5-0 last Saturday night.
The team is planning to make good use of this positive momentum for a clean sweep, thus it will be exciting to witness their high-morale mode as they host the Atlanta Braves in a doubleheader opener on Sunday.
However, there are things for the Phillies to worry about, with the first being their hectic and scrambled-up schedule. The Phillies are one of several teams that have been dealing with postponements following positive COVID-19 tests. The most rest of Philadelphia’s series with the Marlins, the Yankees, and the Blue Jays were postponed, totaling a stunning ten games.
With only three have been made up so far, the Phillies are now a lopsided record and a schedule that’s looking insanely condensed. As the team has been looking at arduous stretches of games and travelings with very little rest, things will not be easy for them this Sunday, at least stamina-wise. It will be interesting to see how this affects the Phillies’ play in the upcoming matchup.
- Braves are 9-2 in their last 11 games on grass.
- Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. National League East.
- Phillies are 0-4 in their last 4 Sunday games.
Predictions: Braves strike back
Despite being roughly three weeks into the season, the Phillies have only played one uninterrupted series. Due to the pandemic postponements, Philadelphia has been stuck on the bench while almost the rest of the league – at least the Braves, can come back to their season. To add to that, strenuous plays and travelings might start to have effect on them, and that can negatively affect their performance this Sunday. On the other hand, the Braves did not have to delay any of their games. With continuous, uninterrupted seasons with generous in-between rests, the Braves are in for a more practiced and developed game style than that of the Phillies.
Additionally, their determination to bounce back from the Saturday loss may bring out the best in their players. For those reasons, the favors are expected to be on Atlanta Braves’ side in this doubleheader opener this Sunday.