There will be plenty of action in the MLB on Sunday, August 14, as we have 15 games on the schedule, including this divisional rivalry tilt, and here you can read the best Braves vs. Marlins betting pick and odds.
Atlanta and Miami will play the fourth of a four-game series at LoanDepot Park, and the Braves are N/A moneyline favorites on MyBookie Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A runs. Before this series, the Braves won five out of nine H2H meetings this season. They also added two more victories to open the current series, while game 3 will be played on Saturday night, at the time of writing.
Braves returned to winning
The Atlanta Braves lost four of a five-game series against the divisional rivals New York Mets but responded with a two-game series sweep of the Boston Red Sox and two wins in the opening two games of the series against the Miami Marlins.
Atlanta’s defense was solid in 4-3 and 5-2 wins over the Marlins. After allowing 12 hits in the first one, the Braves let just five in the second game. Catcher Chadwick Tromp impressed in his first game of the season with three RBIs on three hits (two doubles), while Matt Olson blasted a solo homer. Kyle Muller (1-1) recorded his first win of the campaign after pitching for 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk. Kenley Jansen earned his 26th save.
Charlie Morton is probable to start for the 23rd time this year on Sunday against Miami. The 38-year-old righty has a 4.26 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and a 109/41 K/BB ratio over 116.5 innings.
Marlins are still struggling offensively
Although the Miami Marlins are not a bad defensive team (11th in the MLB), their offense is struggling, especially in the second half of the season. These offensive woes were evident in the opening two games of the series against Atlanta, and it cost them a couple of defeats.
In the latest 5-2 loss to the Braves, Miami didn’t have a single player with more than one hit. Jesus Aguilar scored a two-run homer in the 4th innings, and that was everything from the Marlins offensively. Jesus Luzardo dropped to a 3-5 record after surrendering four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and two walks across 5.0 innings of work.
Braxton Garrett (2-6) will be on the mound for the 13th time this season and is hoping to avoid the fourth consecutive loss. The 25-year-old left-hander owns a 4.02 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 69/14 K/BB ratio in 62.2 innings.
- 44-19 in the last 63 overall
- 38-13 in the last 51 vs. a team with a losing record
- 2-8 in the last ten games vs. a right-handed starter
- 3-13 in the last 16 home games
- 1-9 in the last ten vs. National League East rivals
Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins Pick
Atlanta is in the race for the top spot in the National League East with five wins behind the Mets, and the Braves cannot afford to lose to teams with below .500 record. The Braves have been excellent against southpaws this season, averaging .259 AB with 5.15 runs per nine innings. Given how Garrett pitched in his last three starts, I expect the Braves to give him a hard time on Sunday and hand him a fourth consecutive defeat. Charlie Morton is without a win in his previous five starts, and he will get a W here.
Pick: Take the Braves at N/A
I mentioned Miami’s poor offense that is averaging just 3.86 runs per game (27th in the MLB). In fact, Miami is not in the top 20 in any of the key offensive segments, so don’t expect the Marlins to suddenly erupt and destroy Morton on Sunday. Atlanta has one of the best offensive teams in baseball, but H2H duels in Miami are usually low-scoring, and I am going with another Under. Under is 12-3-1 in the Marlins’ last 16 overall, while Under is 6-0-1 in Miami’s previous seven games vs. a right-handed starter.
Pick: Go Under N/A