Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
|Date & Time||Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:20 PM (EDT)|
Atlanta Braves -165 / Miami Marlins +145 O/U: 8.5
The Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves will be meeting up on the MLB diamond Saturday for Game 2 of their weekend series.
In Friday’s Game 1 of this set, the Braves took advantage of two home runs in the fourth inning for a 4-0 victory. Miami tallied just three hits on the night.
For the Saturday game, the Marlins will be going with Sandy Alcantara in the start. Over his 8.0 innings in his first start this year, Alcantara bagged a win with four hits, zero earned and six strikeouts.
In the Friday game, Miami’s Martin Prado, JT Riddle and Brian Anderson were the only players on the team to manage a hit.
Over on the Braves’ side, they’re sending out Kyle Wright on Saturday. In his first action of the year versus the Phillies March 31, Wright struggled through 4.1 innings with two hits and three earned runs alongside four Ks.
In Friday’s opening matchup, Ronald Acuna ripped the two-run homer that opened up the game in the fourth, and Tyler Flowers added a solo shot after that.
The Marlins are 12-5 in their last 17 Saturday games and 0-4 in their last four in game two of a series. Miami is 1-4 in Alcantara’s last five starts and 0-4 in his last four starts versus the NL East.
Meanwhile, the Braves are 3-9 in their last 12 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series. The under is 11-2 in Atlanta’s last 13 Saturday ames and they’re 1-6 in their last seven versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
Alcantara tossed a gem in his first outing of the year, and cruised through nearly the entire game without a whole lot of difficulty (he was at 92 pitches at the end of the eighth). Alcantara had a couple of sketchy outings at the end of last year, but for the most part he was pretty solid—especially for a bad offensive team.
As for Wright, he didn’t really give us much to get hopeful about, and dating back to last year he’s surrendered six earned runs over 8.1 innings and four games. Pretty blah.
I don’t expect much out of the Marlins this year (no one does), but Alcantara could become a bright spot on a non-contending team. I’m going Miami here.