The NL East has turned into a 2-horse race, with the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals set to slug it out down the stretch. The remaining three teams in the division are now simply playing out the season, but that also means that they have the chance to give some younger guys a look as they start to think about next season and beyond. Two of those teams, the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins, will start a 4-game series in Atlanta on Thursday night. Don’t forget to check for more online MLB odds by clicking here.
Quick Look at the Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves Baseball Preview & MLB Lines
Time: Thursday, 5:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
National TV: None
Opening line: Miami +110, Atlanta -120
The Braves (48-59) are certainly no strangers to trying out young talent this season, as they have routinely shipped prospects back and forth from AAA Gwinnett all season long. It’s probably going to be more of the same in the final few weeks, as this team made it clear from the very start of the year that they were in a rebuilding phase. Those are words that no fan ever wants to hear, but at least it gives them a little glimpse into what the future might hold. That said, expect this team to start throwing some money around when their new stadium is finally open for business. Matt Wisler (5-2, 4.44 ERA) has been very good since coming over from the Padres, but he did get hit pretty hard his last time out.
The Marlins (43-64) did what was expected of them at the trade deadline, which was to essentially blow the team up and trade anything of value. As it stands right now, Miami now only has 4 players signed beyond the 2015 season, which means they are likely to be a pretty active team in the offseason. With their best pitchers now wearing the uniforms of other teams, the defense has predictably headed south, with 32 runs given up in the 5 games since the trade deadline. Miami fans can probably expect more of the same in the coming weeks, which means it’s likely to be a pretty painful end to the season. Jose Urena (1-5, 4.37 ERA) will get the start for Miami, who have only managed to win twice in his last 9 starts.
Key Betting Trends
- Atlanta is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
- Atlanta is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 12 games at home
- Miami is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami’s last 6 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
These are two teams that are now looking to the future, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to win today. Only one of them can, and I think it will be the Braves who get the W here.