Miami Marlins (28-27) at Atlanta Braves (33-22)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7:10 pm (Truist Park)
Pablo Lopez (5-4) (3.96) vs. Ian Anderson (3-1) (2.36)
The Line: Atlanta Braves -174 / Miami Marlins +160 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves meet Thursday in MLB action from SunTrust Park.
This will be the fourth and final matchup between the Marlins and Braves this week. Atlanta took the first two games, 5-4 and 11-1. In the Wednesday game three, the Braves posted five runs in the fourth inning on the way to a big 9-4 win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks and MLB predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Marlins only managed to score in two different innings in the Wednesday loss, and were out-hit 10-7. Brian Anderson managed a solo homer, two hits and two runs there. Starting pitcher Sixto Sanchez put up 3.0 innings, four hits, four earned, four walks and two strikeouts.
In the starting pitcher role on Thursday, the Marlins will go with Pablo Lopez. In his 10 starts this season, Lopez is 5-4 with a 3.96 ERA and 53 Ks in 52.1 innings. Over his MLB career, Lopez is 12-16 with a 4.57 ERA and 194 Ks in 222.1 innings.
Over on the Braves’ side, Luke Jackson got the victory in the Wednesday game, going 4.0 innings with three hits, two earned and five strikeouts. Dansby Swanson had a nice offensive game with a three-run homer and two hits on the evening.
In the starting pitcher role on Thursday the Braves are going with Ian Anderson. This year over five starts, Anderson is 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 26.2 innings. This is the 22-year-old Anderson’s first season of MLB activity.
The Marlins are 44-92 in their last 136 games as a road underdog and 16-38 in their last 54 Thursday games. The under is 13-5-3 in Miami’s last 21 during game four of a series and the over is 19-9-1 in their last 29 versus the National League East.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 4-1 in their last five Thursday games and 76-32 in their last 108 games as a favorite. Atlanta is 36-16 in their last 52 home games and the over is 13-3-2 in their last 18 during game four of a series.
Pick: I’m going with the Marlins. This one’s a little tricky, though. Lopez has posted some nice numbers in his last two starts, going 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 12.1 innings total. As for Anderson, he walked the first three batters in his last start Saturday versus the Mets and ended up lasting just 4.2 innings. I like Anderson to bounce back and be effective here, but with Lopez on the mound and pitching well lately I think Miami has a good shot in this one.