MLB Baseball Betting: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

MLB Baseball Betting:  Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

The wheels have completely come off in Atlanta. How bad is it? So bad that the Braves could very realistically finish with the worst record in baseball. That’s an unprecedented decline for a team more accustomed to playing for a postseason berth this time of year. But that’s the ugly reality in Atlanta where the Braves are 54-77 and just three games ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies for the dubious distinction of the ‘worst in baseball’ status. And the Phillies are in better form than the Braves who have lost twelve of their last thirteen games. The Miami Marlins are no prize themselves and are currently sandwiched between the Braves and Phillies though with marginally better form (3-7 L10).

The Braves will step up in class this weekend as they head to Washington for a series with the Nationals–who are still holding on to playoff hopes despite losing ground to the red hot New York Mets. In other words, if they’re going to break their six game losing streak this is the time to do it. For all of their struggles, the Braves have still turned a profit at home this season. They’re 33-30 +5.1 units at Turner Field which is the only ‘plus money’ situation in a sea of red for both teams. The pitching matchup will feature a battle of lefthanders with the Marlins starting Justin Nicolino and the Braves sending Manny Banuelos. Both southpaws have shown promise though Banuelos has been exceptionally effective at home allowing just one earned run in 10.3 innings of work.

Of course the Marlins have put up much better offensive numbers against lefthanders than the Braves this season–Miami averages 4.2 runs per game and hits .276 against southpaws. Atlanta puts up a woeful 2.8 runs per game and hits .221 against lefthanders. But in a matchup of this class you can never expect a formful performance in any phase of the game. We’ll go with Atlanta–the Braves have had little trouble against Miami this year (10-4) and need this win.