Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick - 9/10/13
Atlanta Braves (86-57) at Miami Marlins (53-89)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Julio Teheran (R) (11-7) (3.013) vs. Tom Koehler (R) (3-9) (4.864)
The Line: Miami Marlins +150 / Atlanta Braves -160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SportSouth, FS-Florida
The Atlanta Braves shoot for another road win versus the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.
Even though the Braves have all but mathematically wrapped up the National League East, they haven't been playing well. Atlanta has fallen in four straight after getting swept by Philadelphia, so it's important the team turns things around and plays well. The Bravos took a step in the right direction with Monday's 5-2 decision at Miami. Kris Medlen has picked up some big wins in 2013 and did so once again in a 5-2 decision at Miami on Monday. Medlen gave up both runs over 6.1 innings of work, while the offense exploded for five runs in the 4th, with Evan Gattis smacking a two-run double. The Braves give Tuesday's starting assignment to Julio Teheran, who has been rock solid over his last three outings, where he has posted a 2.45 ERA and is 11-7 over all with an ERA just north of three.
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Miami has been an afterthought as far as the postseason conversation is concerned and has been for quite some time. That's when teams can overlook them and that makes the Marlins a dangerous team. Having said that, the Fish need both the arms and bats to be on the same page and that didn't happen in Monday's defeat. Starter Henderson Alverez was charged with the loss, with all five runs given up on five hits and a trio of base on balls through four innings pitched. Ed Lucas was the lone positive at the plate with a two run double in the 7th. Miami goes with Tom Koehler on the bump, who will be asked to slow the explosive Atlanta attack. Koehler has shown signs of slowing down as of late with an 0-1 mark and 4.96 ERA over his last three.
Without going in to a ton of depth, I like the Braves with the young and talented Teheran throwing. Hopefully the offense keeps hitting and Gattis stays hot...