MLB Free Pick | Braves at Phillies

Is it just me or has this MLB Opening Week been a lot more exciting than those in recent memory? Big names in new places, adjustments to the shift, big scores and pitching gems. And we’re only 3 games in! Can you tell I’m a baseball fan? My pick is coming from tonight’s ESPN broadcast of Sunday Night Baseball, where it’s sure to be electric.

FAVORITES TO WIN THE AL & NL 2019 MVP

 

Game: Atlanta Braves (0-2, 0-2 ATS) at Philadelphia Phillies (2-0, 2-0 ATS)

When: 7:05 PM ET, Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Where: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Current Line: PHI -142 Total: 8.5

TV Coverage: ESPN

 

It’s the young versus old when looking at the matchup on the bump tonight, but the overall landscape of both teams gives a picture of two teams that could be battling it out in the playoffs come October.

23-year-old Kyle Wright takes the mound for his first Major League start for the Braves, while the wile veteran Jake Arrieta will start for the Phillies, 10 years Wright’s senior.

The Phillies big acquisition this offseason, Bryce Harper, went deep for the first time in a Phillies uni yesterday, and was ALREADY being serenaded to MVP chants from the Philly faithful. (Take it easy)

While Wright may be forced into this start due to injuries to Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman, he more than earned the start, showing big league stuff with a plus fastball, two breaking pitches and a changeup. He needs to command his pitches better, but that will come.

MLB Moneylines, Run Lines, Totals, Probable Pitchers and Consensus

Arrieta is a good pitcher, but his better days are behind him. He started the 2018 season well, but faded towards the end, registering only one win in his final 10 starts. He allowed 4 or more runs in 6 of those starts.

This is going to be a great game to close out the first weekend of baseball, and I’m going with the Braves in a close one. I can’t see that squad going 0-3.

MLB Free Pick: Braves ML +132

Free pick by Joe Berra

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