Atlanta Braves (11-9) at Miami Marlins (8-4)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Marlins Park)
Kyle Wright (0-2) (6.75) vs. Pablo Lopez (1-1) (1.80)
The Line: Miami Marlins -102 / Atlanta Braves -106 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins meet in an NL East division matchup from Marlins Park on Friday.
The Atlanta Braves will look to rebound from a 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees in their last game. Johan Camargo led the Braves with a two-run home run while going 2 for 4 at the dish and Travis d’Arnaud added an RBI as well in the losing effort for Atlanta. Dansby Swanson went 3 for 5 with a double and Nick Markakis went 2 for 4 with a two-bagger as well in the defeat. Adam Duvall, Austin Riley and Ender Inciarte each had a base knock as well to cap off the Braves’ offense as a team in the loss. Tyler Matzek took the loss in relief, falling to 2-1 on the year after allowing two runs on three hits over 2.1 innings of relief. Kyle Wright will start this one and is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. This will be Wright’s second career start against Miami.
The Miami Marlins will look to build off of a 14-11 shootout win over Toronto in 10 innings last time out. Jesus Aguilar went 3 for 6 with four RBIs while Brian Anderson had a three-run home run and Magneuris Sierra had two RBIs. Eddy Alvarez and Jonathan Villar each had RBIs as well while Matt Joyce and Jon Berti each had a pair of base hits. Corey Dickerson and Francisco Cervelli each contributed a base hit as well to finish off Miami’s offense as a team in the win. Jordan Yamamoto allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out five over 3.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Brandon Kintzler got the win to improve to 1-0 while Josh A. Smith closed things out for his 1st save. Pablo Lopez will start this season and is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. In his career, Lopez is 0-3 with a 3.54 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 7-3 in their last 10 games within the division and 2-6 in their last 8 road games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Miami is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall and 5-1 in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games within the division. Atlanta is 37-14 in the last 51 meetings between these two teams and the under is 3-0-1 in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I’m trying to not read a whole lot into Miami’s offensive explosion as Toronto’s temporary field is still a minor league park and is a hitters’ dream over in Buffalo. On the other hand, Kyle Wright hasn’t been all that good for Atlanta in the early going, and while you can argue that Miami is due to regress, I think that regression doesn’t come yet as Lopez finally has success against Atlanta and helps Miami steal a win on Friday so give me Miami here.