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Marlins vs. Braves - 4/6/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (79-83) at Miami Marlins (77-85)

MLB Baseball: Monday, April 6, 2015 at 4:10 pm (Marlins Park)

J Teheran (0-0) (0.00) vs. H Alvarez (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Miami Marlins -120 / Atlanta Braves +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins play Monday afternoon at Marlins Park on Opening Day.

The Atlanta Braves look to bounce back after a disappointing season last year that ended two straight playoff appearances. The Braves will have their work cut out for them, though, as they’re clearly in rebuilding mode. The Braves will have a solid pitching staff but a very limited offense with Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons leading the way. The Atlanta Braves are a really young and unproven team that lost a lot of its leaders and key producers in Jason Heyward and Justin Upton. The Braves have lost two of their last three Opening Day games. Julio Teheran gets the ball, and he finished last season with a 14-13 record, 2.89 ERA and 186 strikeouts. Teheran is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.

Marlins vs. Braves - 4/6/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Miami Marlins are one of the more intriguing teams in the league this year, as they’re thinking playoffs for the first time since 2003. The Marlins made a ton of moves during the offseason, which includes adding Dee Gordon, Martin Prado and Michael Morse. The fish also resigned Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton, while adding Ichiro Suzuki to the bench. Needless to say, anything less than a playoff spot would be a disappointment for the Miami Marlins. The Marlins look for their third Opening Day win in the last five years. Henderson Alvarez gets the ball, and he was 12-7 last season with a 2.65 ERA with 111 strikeouts. Alvarez is 1-2 with a 5.66 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-9 in their last 13 vs. National League East and 1-4 in Teheran's last 5 starts. The Marlins are 15-5 in their last 20 during game 1 of a series and 20-7 in Alvarez's last 27 starts. The Braves are 5-2 in Teheran's last 7 starts vs. Marlins and 26-11 in the last 37 meetings in Miami overall. 

I'm really, really high on the Miami Marlins this season, and you'd know this if you follow me on Twitter. The fish are a very interesting team that has both the pitching and the lineup to compete with any team in the National League. Look for Miami to start things off with a W.

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