Braves Need Big Weekend Against Marlins
The Atlanta Braves took a much-needed win on Friday night against the Miami Marlins. The defending World Series Champions need to fight, scratch, and claw their way back into contention. They have the roster and the ability to clearly make a run at the playoffs. The Mets jumped out to a huge run to start the season while the rest of the NL East has struggled
Braves Bats Establish Lead, Morton, Bullpen Close Door
The Atlanta Braves jumped out to an early lead in the first inning and never looked back. Scoring all five of their runs in the first three innings was all the Braves pitching staff needed to secure the win. The Braves got home runs from Marcell Ozuna, Dansby Swanson, and Travis d’Arnaud. Charlie Morton and the Braves bullpen then shut the door.
But there is some worry when looking at the box score. The Braves did not continue to tack on runs The Braves need to find consistency not just throughout the lineup, but also throughout games.
The Braves desperately need to carry this game’s momentum into the rest of the weekend. The Braves are favored in this series, but they really need to go out and prove that they are the team that can compete and makes another run at the World Series.
Marlins, Soler Come Up Short
Jorge Soler returned to the lineup on Friday night as the designated hitter after missing two games with lower back issues. He came up big, with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. This is a great step in the right direction for the Marlins’ slugger.
On paper, the Miami Marlins are leaps and bounds ahead of the Atlanta Braves but the Marlins simply aren’t converting their output into wins. The Marlins are the underdog in this game. They haven’t fared well as the underdog, carrying a 6-11 record as the underdog. The Marlins are also not performing well at home, with only a 9-10 home record in 2022. One thing the Marlins have been decent at in 2022 is covering the runline with a 20-17 record.
Braves vs Marlins Head-to-Head
After Friday night’s game, the Braves and Marlins have completed four games in what is set to be a 19-game season series for the NL East foes. Right now the season series sits at 2-2.
On the mound, the Braves will send young righthander Kyle Wright to oppose the Marlins struggling righty, Eliesar Hernandez. Wright has been performing much better than Hernandez but the Marlins have confidence and belief that Hernandez will develop into a quality starter for their future.
Braves vs Marlins Game Information
- Game: Atlanta Braves (18-21) at Miami Marlins (17-21)
- Location: loanDepot Park, Miami, FL
- Day/Time: Saturday, May 21, 6:10 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB TV
Braves vs Marlins Betting Lines
Atlanta Braves -1½ +120 -140 8 -105o 4½ +110o 4½ -140u
K. Wright -R
Miami Marlins +1½ -140 +125 8 -115u 3½ Evo 3½ -130u
E. Hernandez -R
Braves vs Marlins Prediction
The sportsbooks have the Braves as the -140 moneyline favorites, but the Marlins are only +125 underdogs. But an interesting MLB line for this game is the runline for the Braves at +120. The Braves haven’t been known for covering the runline well this year, but with the pitching matchups and the Braves starting to get a bit hotter, this would be a good route to go when betting.
When you bet online, take the Braves to cover the runline at +120.