Aaron Blair (0-3, 7.59 ERA) and Wei-Yin Chen (3-2, 4.61 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Atlanta Braves (13-34) and the Miami Marlins (25-23) at Turner Field. The Braves won the last game 4-2, and Atlanta leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 28 and can be seen on FSFL and FSSE.
Blair pitched 1.1 innings in his last outing, surrendering nine runs, striking out one and walking one in a 12-9 defeat to the Pirates. Freddie Freeman (.260, 22 Rs, 8 HRs, 15 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs. Chen went 5.2 innings, surrendering five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 7-6 win over the Rays in his most recent start. Marcell Ozuna (.343, 31 Rs, 9 HRs, 26 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Marlins, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Atlanta and Miami are Marlins -145, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
The Braves have the edge in the season series, 4-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - MIA
The Braves and Marlins both hold losing records against teams in the NL East. The Braves sit at 8-14 in these matchups and the Marlins have a 10-16 record.
The Braves are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Marlins have a 10-14 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Braves are 2-22. The Marlins have a 4-16 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 20 this season. Miami ranks near the bottom at 24th with 44.
Ranking 22nd, Atlanta is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Miami ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.50.
Ranking 30th, Atlanta is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.625). Miami ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .756.
The Marlins are 12-10 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Braves are 3-25 when they allow at least one homer.