Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins - 5/28/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Marlins (25-22) at Atlanta Braves (12-34)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Turner Field)
W Chen (3-2) (4.61) vs. A Blair (0-3) (7.59)
The Line: Atlanta Braves +140 / Miami Marlins -150 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, FSF
Saturday afternoon at Turner Field, the Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves will be picking up their series once again.
This will be the second game of the weekend set. On Friday, the Braves rattled off two runs in the eighth inning to seal a 4-2 victory.
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We’ll be seeing left-hander Wei-Yin Chen as the starter in the Saturday game. In his nine starts and 3-2 record this season, Chen has put up a 4.61 ERA with a 1.34 WHIP over 54.2 innings. On Monday, Chen posted a no-decision in a shaky start against the Rays, allowing five runs in 5.2 innings of work.
Miami has a pretty solid lineup of young hitters at the plate. Marcel Ozuna leads the way on 62 hits with 31 runs and 26 RBI. Ozuna bagged three hits on Friday. Martin Prado has 59 hits with 15 RBI and 15 runs. Giancarlo Stanton had 33 hits with a team-high 12 homers and 26 RBI. Stanton sat Friday due to discomfort in his side.
For Saturday’s game, the Braves will be going with right-hander Aaron Blair, who will be coming back up from the minors. Over his five starts and 0-3 record this season, Blair has posted an inflated 7.59 ERA with a 1.88 WHIP in 21.1 innings. In his last start with the Braves, Blair put up nine runs in just 1.1 innings against the Marlins.
The Braves offense hasn’t quite had it this year, but there are few bright spots in the order. Freddie Freeman has 46 hits with 22 runs and a team-high eight homers to his credit. Freeman had two hits and two runs on Friday. Nick Markakis has 41 hits with 16 runs and 26 RBI. Eric Aybar has 27 hits and eight runs, but holds a wimpy .182 BA this season.
The Marlins are 1-5 in their last six game twos of a series, but 5-1 in Chen’s last six starts.
As for the Braves, they’re 11-25 in their last 36 game twos of a series, and 5-13 in their last 18 Saturday games.
I don’t think I’ve picked the Braves for much of anything this season, and I’m not starting now. Miami and Chen shouldn’t have much trouble here.