Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins - 7/21/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins - 7/21/20 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Truist Park)

Jose Urena vs. Mike Foltynewicz

The Line: Atlanta Braves -160 / Miami Marlins +140 -- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves meet Tuesday night in MLB exhibition action at Truist Park.

The Miami Marlins won 57 games last season and enter another year in their complete rebuild. The Miami Marlins revamped their bullpen a bit and added some improved bats to their lineup with guys such as Jonathan Villar, Corey Dickerson and Jesús Aguilar. The Miami Marlins have a decent enough starting rotation to hang around, but they need to improve an offense that was 25th in batting average and 29th in runs scored. It’s all about the Marlins grooming their young roster and seeing some of these top prospects start to blossom. When and if that happens, the Marlins should be in good shape. Jose Urena gets the ball tonight for the Miami Marlins.

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The Atlanta Braves won the NL East with 97 games last season and enter this year as a solid World Series contender. The Braves did lose a lot of key players from last years roster, but that batting lineup is as deadly as ever when you add Marcell Ozuna and Travis d'Arnaud to  group that already included Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman. The Braves need to find starting pitching depth, as they were 12th in ERA, 17th in WHIP and 21st in strikeouts per nine innings. Seeing veterans Julio Teheran and Dallas Keuchel leave probably doesn’t help matters. Still, the Braves are a fun bunch capable of going toe-to-toe with any team in baseball. Mike Foltynewicz gets the ball tonight for the Atlanta Braves.

You're never quite sure which Urena you're going to get, but he didn't look good last season with his 5.21 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and .293 allowed batting average. You take those numbers and add what the Braves are capable offensively, and you should see some fireworks in this contest. Foltynewicz also was more than hittable last season with his 4.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and .244 allowed batting average. I expect the Marlins to be much improved on the offensive side this season with a more experienced lineup and added power bats.

With all that said, I like the over 8.5 runs in this MLB exhibition matchup.

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