Miami Marlins (1-5) at Atlanta Braves (5-1)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 14, 2015, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Atlanta Braves -110 / Miami Marlins +100 --- Over/Under: 7.5
The Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves play game two of their series Tuesday night at Turner Field.
The Miami Marlins continue their horrible start to the season, as they fall to 1-6 with a 3-2 loss on Monday. The issue for the Marlins is a lack of offense, as they’ve produced two or less runs in five of their first seven games. Dee Gordon leads Miami with 10 hits, and Christian Yelich and Michael Morse have combined for eight RBI. Other than that, Giancarlo Stanton has just three hits and eight strikeouts in 23 at bats while Jarrod Saltalamacchia has just two hits in 17 at bats. The Miami Marlins were my sleeper team and pick to win the World Series, but this brutal beginning is truly worrisome. Tom Koehler gets the ball, and he’s 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Koehler is 0-3 with a 3.13 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Braves.
The Atlanta Braves continue their impressive start to the season and are now 4-0 against the Marlins. The Braves are getting it done on both sides of the field, especially with their pitching staff that has allowed no more than four runs in their first seven games. Offensively, Alberto Callaspo leads Atlanta with eight hits, and Nick Markakis and Andrelton Simmons have combined for 10 RBI. Freddie Freeman has gotten on base in six of the first seven games. The Atlanta Braves are one of the most surprising teams early on and it’ll be interesting to see how long this will continue. Trevor Cahill takes the hill, and he was 3-12 with a 5.61 ERA and 105 strikeouts last season. Cahill is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 16 strikeouts in his career against the Marlins.
The Marlins are 3-8 in their last 11 games as a road underdog and 1-5 in Koehlers last 6 starts as an underdog. The Braves are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. National League East and 3-10 in their last 13 games as a favorite. The Marlins are 24-50 in the last 74 meetings.
I can't back the Marlins until they actually start playing the way they're capable of and start realizing they have to put up runs to win. With both offenses not exactly lighting it up, the best bet here would be to side with the under.