Game 2: Phillies turn to Wheeler on Saturday vs. Braves

Zack Wheeler to start for the Phillies
The Phillies hope to capitalize on the momentum of Thursday's win on Saturday as they continue their opening-series set with the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. 

Zack Wheeler will make the start for the Phils. The 30-year-old right-hander was outstanding for the club last season and became the only Phillies pitcher ever, homegrown or otherwise, to allow three runs or fewer in each of his first 10 career starts with the team. He ended the season with a 4-2 record to go along with a 2.92 ERA. 

The Braves counter with veteran right-hander Charlie Morton. He signed as a free-agent with the club in November after posting a 2-2 mark and a 4.74 ERA with the Rays. 

Phillies Lineup 
Andrew McCutchen, LF 
Rhys Hoskins, 1B 
Bryce Harper, RF 
J.T. Realmuto, C 
Alec Bohm, 3B 
Didi Gregorius, SS 
Jean Segura, 2B 
Roman Quinn, CF 
Aaron Nola, P 

Injury update 
Joe Girardi said Adam Haseley will be available to come off the bench if needed today. He is expected to be in the starting lineup on Sunday. He left Thursday's contest after a slight tweak of his left hamstring. 

Did you know?
On Opening Day, 8,529 fans came through the turnstiles at Citizens Bank Park, something that hadn’t taken place since September 29, 2019, a span of 551 days.

Odds & weather 
Oddsmakers have the Braves as a slight favorite this afternoon. The over/under sits at eight. Game time temps will hover around 50 degrees with wind blowing in at 10 mph.   
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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