Atlanta Braves (22-14) at Miami Marlins (13-24)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 12, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Miami Marlins +122 / Atlanta Braves -132 --- Over/Under: 8.5
We have some NL East MLB action from Marlins Park on Saturday as the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins duke it out in game three of their four game set.
The Atlanta Braves will look to rebound after allowing the Fish to tie up the series with the Marlins’ 6-3 win in game two on Friday. Ozzie Albies hit a solo home run, while Nick Markakis went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Ryan Flaherty added a base hit of his own to round out the offense for the Braves in the loss. Brandon McCarthy fell to 4-2, taking the loss after allowing all six runs on eleven hits while striking out three over five innings of work. Michael Soroka will start game three and is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka’s first career start against Miami.
The Miami Marlins will look to build some steam after snapping a four game losing streak with their victory on Friday. J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro tied for the team-high with two RBIs each, with Realmuto going 3 for 5 with a homer and a double, while Castro added a homer of his own. Miguel Rojas and Lewis Brinson each chipped in a run on the board to round out the scoring for the Fish in the win, while Cameron Maybin added a double and Derek Dietrich went 3 for 4. Brian Anderson and J.B. Shuck each chipped in base hits of their own to cap off the offense for the Marlins. Dan Straily got the win, improving to 1-0 after allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out five over five innings of work. Brad Ziegler recorded his 5th save of the season by closing out a scoreless 9th. Jarlin Garcia will start game three and is 1-1 with a 2.68 ERA and 26 strikeouts this season. This will be Garcia’s first career start against Atlanta.
Atlanta is 10-1 in their last 11 road games and 6-1 in their last 7 division matchups while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 road games against a left-handed starter. Miami is 1-4 in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 in their last 6 games against a right-handed starter while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Atlanta is 43-21 in the last 64 meetings between these two teams in Miami.
Both of these pitchers got hit hard in their respective last outings, however the Braves come into this one playing better overall baseball as of late, and while Soroka gave up four runs last time out, Garcia gave up seven runs in just four innings against the Cubs. I like the Braves to bounce back in game three on Saturday, so I’ll lay the juice with Atlanta here.