Shelby Miller (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Mat Latos (0-1, 94.50 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (5-1) and the Miami Marlins (1-5) at Turner Field. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and can be seen on FSN-FL and FSN-S.
Miller pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out four and walking two in a 2-0 defeat to the Marlins. Alberto Callaspo (.538 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run. Against the Braves, Latos is 3-4 with a 4.56 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts. Dee Gordon (.346 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Marlins, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Atlanta is a -125 favorite against Miami and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Braves have no trouble scoring as they rank second in the NL in offense with 5.2 runs per game. Atlanta is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping five bases. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Braves, who have a team ERA of only 1.40.
Miami is excellent at not striking out on the road with an NL-low 0.0 per game. When it comes to issuing walks on the road, the Marlins have the fewest in the NL with only 0.0 walks allowed per game.
The Braves have the edge in the season series, 3-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - ATL, O/U - Over
The Braves sit at 5-1 against division rivals, while the Marlins are winless at 0-3 against their foes.
The Marlins are 1-0 when they go into extra innings.
After a weak showing last week where they got in eight hits, the Marlins need to step it up. The Braves have a record of 5-0 when opponents get eight hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Marlins are 1-1. The Braves have a 3-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Miami sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 18 this season. Atlanta ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 29.
Ranking 20th, Atlanta is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 14 this season. Miami ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 18.
When the Braves hit at least one home run, they are 3-1. When the Marlins hit at least one homer, they have a 0-1 record.