Atlanta Braves vs. Florida Marlins
The Atlanta Braves look to regroup as they host the Florida Marlins on Monday. The Braves are -215 favorites over the Marlins with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Atlanta Braves look to have the National League Wild Card race wrapped up but after being swept in St. Louis their lead is down to four and a half games over the Cardinals. The Braves have lost three in a row, are 3-7 in their last 10 games, and 44-28 at home this season. As a team Atlanta is hitting .246 led by Freddie Freeman at .296, Michael Bourn at .297, Chipper Jones at .281, and Brian McCann at .277. As a team the Braves pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.41 with the starters at 3.62 and the bullpen at 3.01. For game one against the Marlins Atlanta starts Brandon Beachy who has won his last four decisions though he has had four no decisions over his last six games. For the season Beachy has allowed 106 hits and 46 earned runs while striking out 142 in 126 innings of work.
The Florida Marlins are playing out the season and should be a revitalized team next year as they open their new stadium. The Marlins have won three in a row, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and 38-35 on the road this year. As a team Florida is hitting .250 led by Emilio Bonifacio at .292, Greg Dobbs at .286, and Omar Infante at .277. As a team the Marlins pitching staff has a combined ERA of 4.38 with the starters at 4.50 and the bullpen at 4.13. For game one against the braves Florida starts Chris Volstad who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Volstad has allowed 165 hits and 84 earned runs while striking out 100 over 140.2 innings of work.
Atlanta is 26-11 in their last 37 home games, 2-6 in their last eight games overall, and 1-5 in their last six game one of a series. Florida is 6-2 in their last eight games overall, 5-9 in their last 14 road games, and 0-6 in Volstad’s last six starts. Florida is 3-8 in their last 11 games in Atlanta.
The Marlins are a better team on the road but the Braves get home and back to business and get the win here. Take the Braves minus the 215.
Atlanta Braves -215 Florida Marlins