Preview: Marlins at Braves

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GAME: Miami Marlins (65-68) at Atlanta Braves (71-64)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 31 - 5:10 PM EST
WHERE: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
LINE: 147, -160 TOTAL: 7


Christian Yelich has solidified the top of the Miami Marlins’ lineup in his second season in the majors and is batting .414 over his last 17 games. Yelich looks to remain hot when the Marlins visit the Atlanta Braves on Sunday for the rubber match of a three-game series. The Braves are fighting for a playoff spot, but put on a dreadful performance in Saturday’s 4-0 loss, committing three errors and hitting into three double plays.

Atlanta, which is 10-5 in its past 15 games, sits 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the National League's second wild-card spot, and seven games in back of first-place Washington in the NL East. The Braves are hoping they have solved their issues in the leadoff spot, as Jason Heyward has hit at the top of the lineup for the past 16 games and is batting .328 during that stretch. Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton drove in a run Saturday and is two away from reaching 100 RBIs for the first time in his career.

TV: 5:10 p.m. ET, FSN Florida (Miami), FSN South (Atlanta)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Marlins RH Nathan Eovaldi (6-9, 4.30 ERA) vs. Braves LH Alex Wood (9-10, 3.09)

Eovaldi is mired in a three-start losing streak, posting a 7.54 ERA while opponents are hitting .403 against him. He allowed six runs on 10 hits in only 3 1/3 innings Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Eovaldi has made four starts against Atlanta this season, going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA.

Wood is 2-2 in August but pitched much better than the record would indicate, posting a 2.43 ERA with a .193 opponents batting average and a 1.05 WHIP. He lost Tuesday to the New York Mets despite allowing three runs on five hits in seven innings. Wood is 1-2 in three games (two starts) against Miami with a 5.02 ERA this season, getting the victory with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief June 1.

WALK-OFFS

1. Miami INF Jeff Baker is 12-for-34 with nine RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season.

2. Heyward, who had three hits Saturday, is 11-for-25 lifetime against Eovaldi with two doubles and a triple.

3. Stanton has 21 homers and 61 RBIs in 245 home at-bats, but just 12 homers and 37 RBIs in 251 at-bats on the road.

PREDICTION: Braves 3, Marlins 2
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Miami 65-68 L3 37-31 28-37 23-28 12-16 17-17 13-7
Atlanta 71-64 W3 38-28 33-36 33-23 19-10 12-21 7-10

Last Meeting

Miami Atlanta
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
8/29/14 MIA 2 ATL 5 .226 1 .669 .250 1 .677

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
MIA G. Jones .326 15 .825
ATL J. Heyward .375 21 .891
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
MIA J. Saltalamacchia 2 8 4
ATL J. Upton 3 6 7
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIA 3.19 .260 113
ATL 3.60 .222 123
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
MIA G. Stanton .293 144 .959
ATL F. Freeman .289 149 .860
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
MIA G. Stanton 33 83 97
ATL J. Upton 26 70 91
Pitching ERA Avg K
MIA 3.87 .252 984
ATL 3.29 .246 1093

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home Away over/under
OPEN -151 141
100
7.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports -160 140
-120
7
Sportsbook -160 140
-120
7
5Dimes.eu
-158
153
-115
7
GTBets.eu -160 145
-120
7
Top Bet -160 145
-120
7
BetOnline.ag -160 150
-120
7
BetDSI -160 135
-120
7
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF OFF
Belmont -160 140
-120
7
BookMaker.eu -160 135
-120
7
Vegas Odds
LVH OFF OFF OFF
Mirage OFF OFF OFF
Station OFF OFF OFF
Best home line Best road line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Miami Overall Atlanta
65-68 W/L 71-64
67-66 RL W/L 67-68
71-53-9 O/U 53-70-12
4.06 Runs For 3.80
4.29 Runs Against 3.59
Miami A/H Atlanta
28-37 W/L 38-28
37-28 RL W/L 29-37
36-26-3 O/U 27-31-8
3.74 Runs For 3.85
4.62 Runs Against 3.41