Marlins vs. Braves Saturday Prediction
While the top of the lineup is struggling, the Braves are finding ways to produce runs at home. Will Atlanta supply enough runs versus Sandy Alcantara and the rest of the Marlins pitching tonight to get over its team total of 4.5 runs?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, April 6, 2019
7:20 p.m. ET, SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Braves are -170 moneyline favorites. As of this writing, 70% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Braves to beat the Marlins on the moneyline.
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Miami Marlins Fantasy Spin
Brian Anderson went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk Friday against the Braves. The Marlins managed just three hits on the night. Even after Friday’s game, Anderson is batting just .194/.265/.226 through eight contests. Things should only get better for him, though his counting stats are lacking in a poor lineup and he’ll play half of his games in one of the most pitcher-friendly stadiums in the game.
Atlanta Braves Fantasy Spin
Ronald Acuna went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s win over the Marlins. Acuna got the scoring started for Atlanta in the fourth inning when he took Pablo Lopez deep. The new $100 million man entered Friday’s action with a quiet .150/.346/.300 batting line in six games, but there’s no cause for concern. His best days are still ahead of him.
MLB Betting Trends
The Marlins have lost 16 of their last 21 meetings with the Braves and are also 5-16 in their last 21 games played in Atlanta.
The Braves have won four in a row and 10 of their last 11 games at SunTrust Park.
As mentioned in the intro, the top of the Braves lineup is struggling but Acuna could be coming around following last night’s home run. He owns the Marlins, going deep seven times while also driving in 18 in 73 at bats against them last season. Nick Markakis is hot, as is Ozzie Albies, who went hitless on Friday but that was the first time he failed to record a hit in a game this year. Granted, Miami starter Sandy Alcantara fired eight scoreless innings in his season debut, but that outing came at Marlins Park. In 2018, he owned a 2.25 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 16 innings pitched at home. In the 18 innings he pitched on the road a year ago, he posted a 4.50 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. While unquestionably a talented pitcher, I don’t see Alcantara repeating his Opening Day performance tonight in Atlanta.
The Pick: Atlanta Braves Team Total OVER 4.5 (-115)