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Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick - 9/9/13

Atlanta Braves (85-56) at Miami Marlins (53-87)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 9, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Kris Medlen (R) (12-11) (3.491) vs. Henderson Alvarez (R) (3-3) (3.948)

The Line: Miami Marlins +140 / Atlanta Braves -160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SportSouth, FS-Florida

The Atlanta Braves head to the Sunshine State to face the Miami Marlins on Monday.

The Braves are in no danger of falling from grace in the National League East, despite four consecutive defeats. What they do want to do is get on the winning track to wrap up the division and prepare for the postseason. Plus, Atlanta wants to get rid of the bad taste of getting swept by the rival Phillies following a 3-2 defeat on Sunday. In the process, a solid effort on the mound from Paul Maholm was wasted with just two runs given up in six frames before David Carpenter served up a solo jack in the 8th for the loss. The offense consisted of a mere two hits with Evan Gattis smacking a pair of solo homers. Atlanta looks to Kris Medlen to get the team back in the win column at Miami on Monday. Medlen has been at the top of his game the last three times out with a 2-1 record with a 1.80 ERA.

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Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick - 9/9/13

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When Miami took a 3-1 lead over Strasburg and visiting Washington Sunday, it looked like they would pick up a rare win. However, the offense struggled after the second inning and the work on the mound followed suit. Starter Jacob Turner gave up five runs on nine hits and a trio of bases on balls through five innings pitched to fall to 3-9 on the year. The Fish mustered just six hits and walked twice, with Gregg Dobbs rapping a run scoring single with runs scoring on a pair of balks. Henderson Alverez hopes to turn around his recent struggles with the rival Braves in town Monday. Alverez has totaled just 12.2 innings over his past three starts, in which he has gone 1-1 with a 6.39 ERA.

Miami has lost seven of eleven and Atlanta has fallen in four straight, so risking capital on two struggling teams isn't ideal. I guess the best way to go is take the hotter pitcher...

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