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Rise and Phight: 4/5/2021

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How sweep it is

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Raise your hand if you guessed that the following would have all happened this opening series:

A) the Phillies would sweep the Braves
B) the Braves would not hit the ball at all
C) the Phillies would have dominant starting pitching
D) the Phillies’ bullpen would play a starring role in the sweep

No one?

Yeah, this was as surprising a weekend as I can remember. It’s not that the Phillies didn’t have a chance because as we have demonstrated pretty much all offseason long, we actually do believe in this team. But the manner in which the Phillies pretty well handled the Braves this weekend was more than surprising. They did seem to dominate them on the mound with Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin showing why the team is so, so high on their starting pitching this year. It was a masterful effort from the trio and a great way to start the season.

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