Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - 9/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Atlanta Braves (60-91) at Miami Marlins (76-75)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
J Collmenter (2-0) (4.61) vs. J Urena (4-6) (5.59)
The Line: Miami Marlins -161 / Atlanta Braves +151 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSFL, FSSE
Headed our way on Thursday in MLB activity from Marlins Park, the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins will be kicking off their weekend series.
The Braves are coming off a three-game set against the Mets. Atlanta won the first two games by a combined five runs, and on Wednesday the Braves broke a tie in the top of the ninth and held on for a 4-3 win.
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As for the Marlins, they just finished up against the Nationals. Miami took games one and two of that set by a combined two runs, and on Wednesday the Marlins lost 8-3.
The Braves are set to be bringing out RHP Josh Collmenter for the start on Thursday. In his 16 games (one start) and 2-0 record, Collmenter owns a 4.61 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP in 27.1 innings. In that lone start, Collmenter put up five innings, four hits and two earned against Washington for a win.
It’s pretty easy to find the top hitters in the Atlanta order. Freddie Freeman has bagged 170 hits with 93 runs, 31 homers and 83 RBI. Nick Markakis holds 156 hits with 64 runs and 87 RBI. Ender Inciarte has hit 144 times with 78 runs and 29 RBI.
Over on the Marlins’ side, we’ll be seeing RHP Jose Urena on Thursday. In his 26 games (10 starts) and 4-7 record, Urena holds a 5.59 ERA with a 1.39 WHIP in 75.2 innings. Taking a loss his last time out, Urena posted two innings with seven hits and seven earned in Philly.
Miami has some noteworthy bats on their side as well. Martin Prado owns 177 hits with 68 runs and 70 RBI. Christian Yelich has bagged 164 hits with 74 runs and 95 RBI. JD Realmuto sits on 150 hits with 58 runs and 45 RBI.
The Braves are 11-24 in their last 35 Thursday games, and 5-0 in their last five against the NL East. Atlanta is also 5-0 in their last five against a team with a winning record and 5-0 in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, the Marlins are 10-4 in their last 14 Thursday games, and 2-5 in their last seven game ones of a series. Miami is also 4-11 in Urena’s last 15 starts, and 1-7 in Urena’s last eight home starts.
There are a lot of question marks on the pitching matchup here, so I’m not sure what to make of it. That said, I like the way the Braves have been playing lately, so I’ll take Atlanta.