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Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick - 9/11/13

Atlanta Braves (87-57) at Miami Marlins (53-90)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)

Mike Minor (L) (13-6) (3.056) vs. Jose Fernandez (R) (11-6) (2.227)

The Line: Miami Marlins -105 / Atlanta Braves -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SportSouth, FS-Florida

The sliding Miami Marlins look to slow the Atlanta Braves down in a division tilt.

After suffering a three game road sweep at the hands of Philadelphia over the weekend, Atlanta squeezed by Miami Tuesday by a 4-3 count for back to back victories over their division rival and moved a step closer to wrapping up the National League East. The Bravos are capable at the plate and mound and got just enough of both Tuesday. Julio Teheran survived a slow start to allow three runs in 6.2 innings of work, with four relievers keeping the Marlins scoreless. Evan Gattis continued to swing a hot bat, with a two hit night and a pair of RBI's. Left-hander Mke Minor will take the ball against Miami in South Florida Wednesday night. Minor took a rare loss in a 2-1 defeat at Philadelphia in his last outing, where he allowed both runs in seven frames.

Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Free Pick - 9/11/13

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I think the lone goal that is realistic from a Miami perspective is to avoid the unwanted distinction of losing 100 games. I don't know if that is too much to ask with the way this team struggles to plate runs at times, which hurt them in Tuesday's loss to the visiting Braves. This looked like a breakout night for the bats, with three first-inning runs, but that was the highlight of the night. Starter Tom Koehler gave up two in the first, as well and all four runs overall through five frames. The offense squandered a few opportunities, with Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton smacking run-scoring hits in the first. Miami turns to prized rookie Jose Fernandez to slow the visiting Braves on Wednesday. Fernandez is hoping to duplicate his last performance when he defeated Washington 7-0, tossing a one-hitter over seven frames.

Backing one of the best rookie hurlers I've seen in a while is tough to do because he is facing one of the best teams in the game, who havealready  beaten him. I'll back him, but would have trouble betting him because the Marlins might not score...

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