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Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves - 5/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins
Date & Time Saturday May 4, 2019, 6:10 PM (EDT)
Marlins Park
Miami, Florida
The Line
The Line: Atlanta Braves -161 / Miami Marlins +148 -- Over/Under: 8
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The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins meet Saturday in MLB action at Marlins Park.

The Atlanta Braves look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Braves have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs i five of their last eight games. The Atlanta Braves have won five of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Ozzie Albies leads the Braves with 39 hits and 13 RBI while Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis have combined for 74 hits and 39 RBI. Mike Soroka gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Soroka’s second career game against the Marlins.

The Miami Marlins need a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Marlins have scored 10 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins have lost five of their last seven games when scoring three or less runs. Brian Anderson leads the Marlins with 28 hits and seven RBI while Starlin Castro and Miguel Rojas have combined for 55 hits and 17 RBI. Trevor Richards gets the ball, and he is 0-4 with a 4.64 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Richards’ second career game against the Braves.

The Braves are 4-9 in their last 13 during game 2 of a series, 2-5 in their last 7 Saturday games and 5-1 in Sorokas last 6 starts. The Marlins are 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games, 5-13 in their last 18 during game 2 of a series and 3-13 in Richards' last 16 starts. The Braves are 10-3 in the last 13 meetings and the under is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings. The over is 9-4-2 in Richards' last 15 starts overall. The under is 4-1 in Sorokas last 5 starts overall.

Soroka has pitched just 16.2 innings this season, but he's allowed just three runs while striking out 21. That's not what you want to see as the Marlins, a team that has a ridiculously hard time scoring runs as it is. Richards has allowed 13 runs in his last 15 innings and has had issues with walks all year. I have a hard time backing the Miami Marlins simply because they don't score and it's the same thing every night. But here, the pitching advantage heavily favors the Braves as well. I have to side with the road team in this contest. 

Atlanta Braves -161

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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