Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (2-9) at Miami Marlins (3-6)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm (Marlins Park)
J Chacin (0-0) (0.00) vs. J Cosart (0-0) (5.78)
The Line: Miami Marlins -144 / Atlanta Braves +134 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, FSSO
Early Sunday afternoon, the MLB is serving up a series finale' between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Both teams have stumbled out of the gate this season, and will be looking for a good way to close out this set.
Sunday’s game will be the third of this weekend series. In game one, Atlanta got their first victory of the year by a margin of 6-3. Game two on Saturday featured another Braves win, as they scored three runs in the fourth on the way to a 6-4 result.
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Taking the mound for the Braves on Sunday will be right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. Although he doesn’t have much major league starting experience, Chacin pitched well in his 2016 debut on Tuesday against the Nationals. In that one, Chacin came up with five hits in six innings with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Despite the Braves’ poor showing thus far, the team does boast some punch at the plate in a couple of spots. Nick Markakis has hit well in the early-going, with 12 RBI, 14 hits and six runs. Markakis bagged three hits and three RBI on Saturday. Adonis Garcia is also seeing the ball well right now, logging 12 hits with five RBI for Atlanta. Garcia went just 1-for-4 in game two, however.
Over on the Marlins’ side, they’ll be giving right-hander Jarred Cosart a spin in Sunday’s game. Cosart was a mess in his lone outing this year, which came on Monday against the Mets. In that one, Cosart lasted just 4.2 innings and gave up three runs with three walks, so he’ll be looking for a bounce-back here.
The Marlins hitters have had a few nice moments so far this year, and definitely possess potential. Dee Gordon has 14 hits with six runs and two triples thus far. Christian Yelich is also hitting well, with 12 hits, six runs and four RBI. Yelich came up empty in Saturday’s game. As for Giancarlo Stanton, he’s got seven RBI and five runs, but needs to get his BA up a bit (.229 on the season). Stanton stuck out a whopping four times in game two.
The Braves are just 7-20 in their last 27 game threes of a series, and 16-40 in their last 56 overall. As for Miami, they’re 5-0 in Cosart’s last five starts against the National League East, and 5-1 in Cosart’s last six starts overall.
I don’t like either pitcher in this matchup, as both Cosart and Chacin have the potential to get lit up early. Bearing that in mind, the Marlins’ hitters have more talent from top to bottom, so there’s little incentive to pick the Braves here, despite their wins in the first two games.