Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 8/30/14
Miami Marlins (65-68) at Atlanta Braves (71-64)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7:10 pm (Turner Field)
Jarred Cosart (R) (11-7) (3.876) vs. Aaron Harang (R) (10-8) (3.738)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -134 / Miami Marlins +124 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, FSSO
The Atlanta Braves look to inch closer to a Wild Card berth as they host the Miami Marlins for game two of a three game weekend series at Turner Field.
The Miami Marlins are six games back in the NL Wild Card race and really playing for next season when Jose Fernandez is able to anchor the team once again. Last night the Marlins fell 5-2 in Atlanta as starting pitcher Tom Koehler kept the team in the game allowing two runs over six innings but the bullpen wasn’t as sharp as Chris Hatcher took the loss in the bottom of the seventh after the Marlins tied the game in the top of the inning. Miami’s offense wasn’t sharp in converting seven hits into just two runs as Marcell Ozuna had three hits and an RBI, Jordany Valdespin hit a pinch hit home run, and Giancarlo Stanton was hitless drawing two walks on the day.
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Jarred Cosart takes the mound Saturday looking to build on three consecutive sharp outings. Cosart has allowed just two runs over the past 20.2 innings with the Marlins winning each of those three starts. For the season Cosart has pitched in both leagues while playing for the Astros to start the year; he has a WHIP of 1.38 and ERA of 3.98 while posting a composite 11-8 record across 24 total starts.
The Atlanta Braves are in a heated race for a Wild Card spot with the Cardinals, Giants and Pirates all simultaneously contending for two available spots. In last night’s win, the Braves got six strong innings from Ervin Santana as the offense was efficient in converting eight hits into five runs. Justin Upton had two hits and three RBI’s and Jason Heyward had two hits and an RBI in the win.
Aaron Harang will take the mound for the home team on Saturday. Harang has been steady and durable if not overly impressive as he enters this matchup with a WHIP of 1.41 and ERA of 3.60 while posting a 10-8 record at age 36. Harang has played better at home with an ERA of 3.51 across 14 starts but has struggled against the Marlins with an ERA of 5.18 across four starts and 24.1 innings of work.
The odds have dropped on this one since the line came out and I agree with the movement as the Marlins aren’t a great team but are good enough to win in this spot.