Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
Atlanta Braves -168 / Miami Marlins +158 O/U: 8.5
The Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves will meet up on the MLB diamond as they kick off their series Friday.
The Marlins are going with RHP Pablo Lopez on Friday in the start. Across his 5.1 innings in his debut this year, Lopez put up a win with five hits and three earned alongside seven strikeouts.
Leading the Marlins in hitting this year is Starlin Castro with nine hits, four runs, two homers and four RBI. Martin Prado is close behind on eight hits, three runs and two RBI so far.
Over on the Braves’ side, they’re rolling out RHP Kevin Gausman for the start Friday. Over last season, Gausman put up a 4.43 ERA in 21 starts and 124.0 innings with 139 hits and 104 strikeouts.
In the Braves’ Thursday finale against the Cubs, Atlanta went on a hitting display, with Nick Markakis doing most of it. (The 9-4 final score was much closer than it should have been, however.) Markakis would end up with five hits, five RBI and three runs overall.
The Marlins are 7-15 in their last 22 versus a team with a losing record and 19-42 in their last 61 overall. Miami is 3-8 in their last 11 Friday games and 15-40 in their last 55 road games.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 8-17 in their last 25 Friday games and 0-5 in their last five versus the NL East. Atlanta is 7-2 in Gausman’s last nine starts and 5-0 in his last five home starts.
Lopez wasn’t super sharp all five innings in his first start, but he did minimize the damage and kept the team in the game. As for Gausman, he put up an okay-not-great run of games at the end of last season, but did go 5-2 in his last 10 starts.
If Gausman can get through five or six good innings here I think the Braves can get it done.