Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins Free Pick - 8/31/13
Miami Marlins (49-84) at Atlanta Braves (82-52)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Jacob Turner (R) (3-5) (3.122) vs. Mike Minor (L) (13-5) (2.988)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -220 / Miami Marlins +210 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Florida, South
The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves continue their NL East battle on Saturday.
Miami has been a tough out at times, but actually winning has been tougher. A bright spot for the Fish has been Rookie of the Year contender Jose Fernandez , who has been a menace on the mound. Fernandez tossed a gem Friday, but still came up on the wrong end of a 2-1 loss to Atlanta, which saddled the Marlins with defeats in nine of ten. Fernandez coughed up a two-run homer in the first and that was all she wrote over six frames, while he struck out eight. Miami had a few scoring chances on a five hit, four walk attack, but managed just an RBI single from Christian Yelich in the 3rd. Jacob Turner looks to slow the Braves drive to the NL East title when he faces them Saturday. Turner has struggled to get through five innings in four consecutive starts, in which high pitch counts have hurt him.
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Atlanta looks to get back in the groove after Frday's win gave them five straight victories. The Braves haven't been crushing the ball, but the work on the mound has been outstanding and has carried the team in this stretch. That trend continued Friday, with starter Julio Teheran outdueling Fernandez with the lone run allowed on four hits and a trio of bases on balls through 6.1 innings, while recording eight strikeouts. The Braves mustered five hits and walked four times, with Freddie Freeman crushing a two run jack in the bottom of the first. Left-hander Mike Minor toes the rubber Saturday versus the visiting Marlins. Minor snapped out of a two game mini slump with a 5-2 victory at St Louis, where he allowed one run on six hits and a walk in six frames.
Turner is another guy that has thrown the ball well for the Marlins, but Minor has been every bit as good and he is on the better team so that's the way I'm looking...