Phillies go for the sweep on Sunday with Eflin on the mound

Eflin set for finale
The Phillies will go for a season-opening sweep of the Braves this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. EDT. 

Zach Eflin will make his season debut for the Phillies, aiming to build on a successful 2020 campaign that included a career-best 3.97 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. 

The Braves counter with 22-year-old righty Ian Anderson who pieced together a strong first year in the Majors last year with a 1.95 ERA over six starts. 

Aside from Zack Wheeler's performance on Saturday, the storyline for the Phillies this series has been the bullpen. Combined, relievers have tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings while issuing just two walks to go along with eight strikeouts over the first two games of the season. 

Phillies lineup 
McCutchen 7 
Hoskins 3 
Harper 9 
Bohm 5 
Gregorius 6
Segura 4 
Knapp 2 
Haseley 8
Eflin 1 

Odds and weather 
The Braves are favored (-130) to win the contest with the over/under set at 8.5. Temps will be near 60 degrees for the first pitch with winds blowing at about 10 mph.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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