Miami Marlins (16-27) vs Atlanta Braves (26-16)Date : 05/20/2018
Time : 7:10 PM ET
Location : SunTrust Park
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves
The Braves will welcome back the Marlins for game 2 at the SunTrust Park. This is the second meeting for the NL East team. The Braves won the first meeting in a 3-1.
Miami Marlins's Latest Performance :
Even though the Marlins have beaten the Dodgers in the series but they suffered a tough loss in the rubber game giving up 7 runs in a shutout. The Marlins will now begin their 6 games road trip starting at Atlanta where they will play the division leaders Braves in a 3 games series. The Marlins aren’t doing well on the road this season they are 6-12. The Marlins will be facing a tough matchup ahead as the Braves are on a roll at the moment. Caleb Smith has been the most consistent pitcher for the Marlins all season long but unfortunately, the streak had to come to an end. He allowed four runs in three innings.
Brian Anderson will look to bounce back on the road as his career high on-base streak of 12 consecutive games came to an end. He is having a great season for the Marlins although he is still recovering from his injury the Marlins would love to have him play 3rd base again as of right now he is out in the field. He is slashing .268/.354/.382 with 21 RBIs and 2 homers.
Starlin Castro, he went 0 for 2 in his last outing but he still has an impressive line this season at .296/.341/.383 with 2 homers and 19 RBIs. Last year he was fast on the plates he had 25 stolen bases but this year he only has one. He has been hitting the ball extremely well for the Marlins.
The Marlins has put up nice runs during last month but unfortunately, this team will be focusing on rebuilding and making the team better in the long run. This means they won’t be winning a lot of games moving forward.
Pitching for the Marlins will be Wie Yin Chen. He will be making his fifth start. The lefty still is having a tough time working deep into games. Only in his season debut, on April 28 vs. the Rockies, did he make it into the sixth inning. In his last three starts, he’s combined for 11 innings.
Atlanta Braves's Latest Performance :
The Braves are one of the most surprising teams in the Major this year because they were supposed to be rebuilding but here they are with a quarter of the season gone they are on top of the NL East division with a record of 26-16. Once the Braves have figured out their problems at the SunTrust Park they will be unstoppable is very hard to beat. The Braves have met the Marlins a few weeks back where they were able to win the series 3-1. So the second time around shouldn’t be as hard. As good as the Braves are at the moment they can’t afford to lose a game because they have the Phillies aiming for the top spot as well, the Braves are only a game ahead of them.
The Braves might get Swanton back on the squad as he recorded a pair of hits for the Class A Rome. Swanton would fit in perfectly prior to his injury his batting average was .289 for the season. The Braves will be well rested after the rubber game was postponed due to bad weather conditions. This would be a great opportunity for the Braves to pull away from the Phillies in the standings. The Braves are 3rd in batting this year with 225 runs scored this season. Ozzie Albies will carry on his impressive batting spree into this series against the Marlins.
Pitching for the Braves will be Julio Teheran. He will face the Marlins lineup for the first time this season. The right-hander has posted a 1.89 ERA over his past three starts and limited opponents to two earned runs or less in six of his last eight starts.
How Miami Marlins & Atlanta Braves Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Braves are 8-1 in their last 9 vs. National League East.
Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Against The Spread Selection: Atlanta Braves
My reason for the pick :
The Braves should be able to take care of Business at home as they will take the 2nd game of the 3 game series over the Marlins. With Swanton back into the mix the Braves will have plenty of options on offense. The Marlins are the worst team in the Major when it comes to scoring as Teheran should be able to handle the Marlins batter.
Braves to beat the Marlins at home by at least 4 runs.
Betting trends for Miami Marlins:
- Marlins are 9-25 in their last 34 road games.
Betting trends for Atlanta Braves:
- Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.