Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - 4/15/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (0-9) at Miami Marlins (3-4)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
W Perez (0-0) (7.71) vs. W Chen (0-0) (9.00)
The Line: Miami Marlins -172 / Atlanta Braves +162 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSE, FSFL
Friday night at Marlins Park, the MLB is bringing us game one of the series between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins.
Atlanta is fresh off a four-game series against the Nationals. The Braves dropped the first three games by a combined score of 11-5, then on Thursday lost again by a score of 6-2. Atlanta is still searching for their first victory of the year.
Miami, meanwhile, played three games against the Mets this week, winning the first two games by a combined 12-4, then dropping the finale 2-1 on Wednesday.
The Braves will be wheeling out right-hander Williams Perez for Friday’s matchup. Perez has one game to his credit so far this year, lasting 4.2 innings and giving up four earned on three hits. That gives Perez a 7.71 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
No one is expecting anything out of the Braves this year, but they do have a few solid players in their lineup. Adonis Garcia has been a nice surprise early, with nine hits and three runs. Power man Freddie Freeman has been mired in a slump to start the season with just two hits and one homer in 2016. The Braves sat Freeman in Thursday’s finale.
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Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is set to be making the start on Friday for the Marlins. Chen started the opening game for the Marlins, but hasn’t been back out on the mound. A line drive hit Chen around the left elbow in that one, and Miami wants to make sure he’s 100 percent healthy and good to go, hence the rest.
The Marlins have been getting a pretty solid all-around effort from their lineup thus far. Dee Gordon sits atop the order with 11 hits and five runs; Martin Prado has also hit well, with three RBI and 10 hits. Giancarlo Stanton is the team’s big star this year, and he’s got six hits, five runs and six RBI.
Moving on to the current matchup trends, there’s not much good to say about the Braves. Atlanta is 1-4 in Perez’s last five Friday starts, but 4-1 Perez’s last five starts against the National League East.
As for the Marlins, they’re 4-1 in their last five Friday games and 5-0 in their last five home games against a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400.
Miami has a definite edge coming into this one, especially if Chen is fresh and back to full health. The Marlins will be fresh and focused following the off day and shouldn’t have much trouble here.