Both Teams Need to Win
The Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins are going to be meeting on Friday for their first of a three-game series. When looking at the National League East standings, both of these teams are considerably far back from the New York Mets, but with some of the recent injuries sustained by the division leaders, these two teams have an opportunity to move up in the standings.
The Atlanta Braves are going to be coming into this one at 17-21 and winners of five of their last 10 games, while Miami is 17-20 overall and is 4-6 in its last 10 games.
Charlie Morton is going to get the start for Atlanta while Trevor Rogers is going to be on the bump for Miami.
Slow Start for Defending Champions
It’s never an easy task for a team to come out in the following season after winning a World Series. What the Atlanta Braves are currently going through isn’t necessarily that big of a deal, and it should be expected that they’re going to eventually regroup and be one of the top teams in baseball.
With the injuries that the New York Mets are currently going through, it’s the perfect time for the Atlanta Braves to get back on track and truly take care of business in some of these division games. The Miami Marlins are certainly a tough opponent, and Rogers has a great arm, but the Braves are a more talented team.
Hitters in the current Atlanta Braves lineup have done a decent job against Rogers. They are hitting .280 against him and have an average exit velocity of nearly 90 mph.
Marlins Could Be Better
The Miami Marlins certainly aren’t having a bad start, but there’s no question that this team could be better. Some of their early-season struggles are definitely because of how young they are, but if the Marlins truly figure things out on the offensive side of the ball, this team can make some noise in the NL East.
Similar to the Atlanta Braves, they need to capitalize on the New York Mets’ injuries. With Charlie Morton on the mound here, it’s going to be a tough task for Miami to get the job done. Hitters in the current Marlins lineup only hit .200 against him and his FIP is below 2.7. They also have an average exit velocity below 85 mph, which could be a bad indication for Friday.
Braves vs Marlins Head-to-Head
The Miami Marlins and the Atlanta Braves have met nearly 500 times. The Braves currently hold the all-time series lead, 292-201. These two teams have met three times this season, with the Marlins holding a 2-1 series lead.
Braves vs Marlins Information
- Game: Braves(17-21) vs Marlins(17-20)
- Location: Marlins Park, Miami
- Day/Time: Friday, 6:40 p.m. ET
- Braves vs Marlins Live stream: MLB.tv
Braves vs Marlins Name Betting Lines
C. Morton -R
|-1½ +115||-118||7½ Evo||3½ -125o
T. Rogers -L
|+1½ -135||+108||7½ -120u||3½ -105o
Braves vs Marlins Prediction
The current MLB betting odds are going to see the Braves as the favorite on the moneyline at -118.
It’s interesting because this game is going to be played in Miami, but Morton has done an excellent job against this Miami Marlins lineup throughout his career and that’s not going to change on Friday. There’s a reason why the Marlins have had one of the worst offenses in baseball and if the Braves can just put up a few runs, they should be able to walk away with an easy win.
When betting online, take the Atlanta Braves on the moneyline.
Pick: Atlanta Braves (-118)