Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins
The Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins meet for game two of their two game series at Turner Field on Thursday. The Braves are -140 favorites over the Marlins with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Atlanta Braves have been one of the hottest teams in baseball but on Wednesday they ran into a hotter team as they fell to the Marlins. Martin Prado had three hits and Dan Uggla and Brian McCann had two hits each as the Braves scored four runs on 10 hits. On the mound Mike Minor had another rough outing as he allowed six hits and six runs while striking out three over 4.2 innings to take his third loss of the year. For game two Atlanta starts Brandon Beachy who has won his last four starts. For the season Beachy has allowed 29 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 33 over 45 innings of work for a 1.60 ERA.
The Miami Marlins continued their strong play as they went into Atlanta and beat the first place Braves in game one of their series. On Wednesday Giancarlo Stanton hit a two run home run, Omar Infante had three hits and Austin Kearns and Emilio Bonifacio each had two hits as the Marlins scored eight runs on 10 hits. On the mound Mark Buehrle allowed six hits and four runs over six innings to earn his third win of the year. For Thursday’s game Miami starts Ricky Nolasco who will be looking to bounce back from his first loss of the year. For the season Nolasco has allowed 44 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 24 over 44.1 innings of work for a 3.65 ERA.
Atlanta is 4-1 in their last five games against a right handed starter, 13-4 in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record, and 1-4 in Beachy’s last five home starts. Miami is 9-1 in their last 10 road games, 12-3 in their last 15 games overall, and 5-2 in Nolasco’s last seven starts. Miami is 5-10 in their last 15 games in Atlanta.
This should be a good one but the odds here are simply out of whack as this is a coin flip so the Marlins at the price are the pick here.
Miami Marlins +130 Atlanta Braves