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My MLB 9* ESPN Dominator is on the Phi Phillies at 7:08 ET.
The Philadelphia Phillies entered the 2021 season having NOT made the postseason in the previous NINE years. The Phillies won their first four games of the 2021 season but were just 13-15 as the current week dawned this past Monday. The Phillies swept a four-game home series with the Brewers (Mon-Thu) and then crushed the Braves 12-2 Friday night in Atlanta. However, the Braves rallied for FOUR runs in the 12th inning for a stunning 8-7 win last night. Atlanta opened the 2021 season looking for a FOURTH consecutive NL East title (last season led the Dodgers 3-1 in the NLCS before losing THREE in a row) but the Braves opened the season 0-4. They climbed back to .500 at 12-12 but face the Phillies in the final game of this series Sunday night just 16-17.
A pair of hot pitchers will be on the mound Sunday night on ESPN, as Philadelphia ace Aaron Nola (3-1, 2.89 ERA) will be opposed by Atlanta's Huascar Ynoa (3-1, 2.36 ERA). Nola has made seven starts this season with Philly going 5-2. He has an excellent 0.98 WHIP and .218 BAA to go along with his 2.89 ERA. He's familiar with the Braves, having made 21 starts against them (he's 11-6 with a 3.02 ERA / team is 13-8). Ynoa began the current season with just 11 major league appearances (five starts) and a 7.30 ERA. However, he's been a MUCH different pitcher in 2021. He's made seven appearances (six starts), going 3-1 (team is 4-2) with 2.36 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and .187 BAA.
Ynoa's won his last three starts (0.98 ERA) but I don't think he's the equal of Nola, at least not yet. The Braves pulled off a 'miracle' last night and I don't expect a repeat. Phillies take the "rubber match" of the series, as they battle the Mets for first place in the NL East, which looks similar to the NFL's NFC East in 2020.
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