Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/31/14
Atlanta Braves (28-25) at Miami Marlins (28-25)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Ervin Santana (R) (4-2) (4.058) vs. Jacob Turner (R) (1-2) (5.348)
The Line: Miami Marlins +120 / Atlanta Braves -130 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins will play game two of three when they take the field Saturday afternoon.
The Braves snapped a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win on Friday. The Braves pitching staff was dominant for much of the game and improved to 23-7 this season when allowing three or less runs. The Braves have the second best ERA in baseball at 2.96. Offensively, Justin Upton has 13 hits in his last 10 games and Evan Gattis has hit safely in four straight games. Getting the nod is Ervin Santana, who is 4-2 with a 4.06 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 57.2 innings. Santana is 0-2 with a 5.95 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins.
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The Marlins lost a rare road game, but have still won five of their last eight games overall. The Marlins are 20-9 at home this season and are 20-2 when allowing three or less runs. The Marlins have the 14th best ERA in baseball at 3.78. Offensively, Giancarlo Stanton has four homeruns in his last six games and Casey McGehee has seven hits in his last three games. Taking the mound Saturday is Jacob Turner, who is 1-2 with a 5.35 ERA and has 19 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Turner is 1-2 with a 3.80 ERA in four career starts against the Braves.
The Braves are 1-4 in Santana's last 5 starts and 14-6 in their last 20 during game 2 of a series. The Marlins are 2-6 in Turner's last 8 home starts and 3-11 in Turner's last 14 starts as an underdog. The Braves are 40-18 in the last 58 meetings.
Turner is a pitcher who just can't seem to get victories. The Braves aren't playing well lately, but it's too difficult to put your money on Turner, especially with the Braves getting a decent price.