Atlanta Has Won Three in a Row
The Atlanta Braves go for a fourth straight win when they play host to the Miami Marlins in the second of a three-game weekend series on Saturday night. Atlanta took the opener of the series on Friday night and is three games behind the New York Mets for first place in the NL East.
Miami has lost five in a row and is in fourth place in the NL East. These teams are headed in different directions, but anything can happen between division rivals, so check out our in-depth preview of this contest before you make your bet online.
Marlins Continue To Struggle
The Miami Marlins have really had their troubles putting runs on the board during their five-game losing streak, scoring a total of seven runs in that span. Miami started this series by scoring just one run on five hits, which isn’t going to lead to many wins against the Atlanta Braves.
Outfielder Jerar Encarnacion accounted for the team’s only run in the series opener with a solo home run. Third baseman Joey Wendle was 2-for-4 from the leadoff position on Friday.
Right-hander Edward Cabrera will get the start. Cabrera is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA in eight starts, striking out 48 in 44 innings. The 24-year-old was 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in five August starts, but the last one was ugly, as he allowed six runs on five hits, including two home runs, over 5⅔ innings in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Braves Use Power in Series-Opening Win
The Atlanta Braves’ bats came alive on Friday night, with the team hitting five home runs in cruising to an easy 8-1 win over the Miami Marlins. Travis d’Arnaud had two home runs and drove in three runs to help the Braves to the series-opening rout.
“It’s fun, it’s exciting, not only for the person who hits it but for everyone in the clubhouse because everybody loses it and laughs and has fun, too,” d’Arnaud said after Friday’s win. “I think it’s better that we’re playing good baseball and winning and having good at-bats and the homers are just a byproduct of having a good game plan and trying to execute that.”
Third baseman Austin Riley hit a home run for the third straight game, moving into sole possession of third place in the majors with his 34th of the season.
The Braves will send right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the mound. Odorizzi is 5-5 with a 3.90 ERA, striking out 65 over 85⅓ innings. He took a no-decision in his last outing, facing the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday and allowing two runs on four hits over 5⅔ innings while striking out four and walking one.
Marlins vs Braves Head-To-Head
The Atlanta Braves are on a six-game winning streak against the Miami Marlins after Friday’s win and lead the season series 10-4. Atlanta has won the season series in the last seven seasons against Miami, including going 11-8 in 2021.
The Braves moved to 4-3 in games played at Truist Park against the Marlins this season with the series-opening victory. The MLB lines are favoring Atlanta to extend its winning streak against its division rival on Saturday night.
Marlins vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Marlins (55-76) vs Braves (82-51)
- Location: Truist Park
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept 03, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Marlins vs Braves Live Stream: MLB TV
Take a Look at Other Analysis, Picks & Predictions for This Week’s MLB Matchups
- Marlins vs Braves Predictions, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds & Picks, Sept. 2
- Rockies vs Braves Predictions, Game Preview, Live Stream, Odds, Picks, Sept. 1
Marlins vs Braves Betting Lines
|Marlins||+1½ -140||+145||8-110o||3½+110o / 3½-140u|
|Braves||-1½ +120||-165||8-110u||4½-105o / 4½-125u|
Marlins vs Braves Prediction
The Atlanta Braves are gearing up for another playoff run, while the Miami Marlins are getting their young players some experience for the future. The Braves just have too much offense to expect the Marlins to be able to get a win in this contest.
When making your MLB picks, take Atlanta to win at home.