Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick- 8/9/13
Miami Marlins (43-70) at Atlanta Braves (70-45)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 9, 2013 at 7:30 pm (Turner Field)
Jacob Turner (R) (3-3) (2.677) vs. Brandon Beachy (R) (0-0) (9.000)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -200 / Miami Marlins +185 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, FS-South
The Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins face off on Friday in Atlanta for game one of their series.
The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in baseball and they look to have cemented their spot atop the NL East. The Braves have won 13 games in a row, they are 38-15 at home this season, and they have a 15.5 game lead in the National League East. As a team the Braves are hitting .255, with Chris Johnson hitting .339, Freddie freeman hitting .311, and Brian McCann hitting .275. The Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 3.25 with the starters at 3.64 and the bullpen at 2.40. For game one against the Marlins, the Braves start Brandon Beachy, who makes his third start of the year. For the season, Beachy has allowed 13 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out nine over 10 innings for a 0-0 record and a 9.00 ERA.
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The Miami Marlins played the Pirates close, but they were swept earlier in the week in Pittsburgh as they continued to build for the future. The Marlins are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 17-38 on the road this season, and they are 26 games behind the Braves in the standings. As a team, the Marlins are hitting .232 Christian Yelich hitting .316, Logan Morrison hitting .275, and Placido Polanco is hitting .260. The Marlins pitching staff has an ERA of 3.67, with the starters at 3.67 and the bullpen at 3.68. For game one at Atlanta, the Marlins start Jacob Turner, who has two decisions and two losses in his last four starts. For the season Turner has allowed 6 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 55 over 77.1 innings for a 3-3 record and a 2.68 ERA.
Atlanta is 20-7 in their last 27 games, 35-16 following an off day, and 4-1 in Beachy’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. Miami is 0-5 in their last five games, 19-41 against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 in Turner’s last four starts. Miami is 3-8 in their last 11 meetings in Atlanta.
The Braves are the big favorite here and they are on an outright roll so I see no reason to go against them in this spot.