7:20 p.m. ET – Marlins at Braves (-170) O/U: 7.5
The 3-6 Marlins stay in Atlanta for Game Two of a four-game set on Tuesday night against the 4-6 Braves. The first game of this early season series between two 2020 playoff teams came down to the wire. Miami trailed 3-1 in the eighth inning on Monday night before a Garrett Cooper double tied the game and ultimately led to extra innings.
About the Marlins
The visiting team on Tuesday night has struggled mightily at the plate to open the season, Miami ranks 26th in the MLB in runs scored per game (3.2), 23rd in batting average (.215), and 29th in home runs (4). Due to these troubles, only one of the Marlins’ first nine games has gone over the O/U total.
Starling Marte, acquired at the trade deadline in 2020, has been one of the lone bright spots for the Fish this season, batting .324 and consistently getting on the base paths where he has already picked up two stolen bases this year.
About the Braves
While Atlanta ranks fourth in home runs this year with 14, it has not translated to runs, where they rank 21st in the league with 3.9 per game. This is in large part due to a team batting average of .206, which ranks 27th in the majors. The Braves are led by popular preseason MVP pick Ronald Acuña Jr., who is currently batting .447 with four home runs and eight RBI.
Atlanta’s other big bats have been struggling early on this season with Marcell Ozuna, Freddie Freeman, and Ozzie Albies all batting under .150 10 games into the season.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Miami Marlins||+1½ (-140)||+145||O 7½ (-115)|
|Atlanta Braves||-1½ (+120)||-170||U 7½ (-105)|
The Pitching Matchup
The starting pitcher for Miami will be right-hander Pablo Lopez, who is 0-1 in two starts this season with a 1.54 ERA. Lopez has received zero runs of support so far this season in 11.2 innings on the mound. Toeing the rubber for the Braves will be left-hander Max Fried, who is off to a shaky start this season with a 9.00 ERA in only seven innings of work through two starts. The Nationals roughed him up his last time out for five runs in only two innings of work. The pitching matchup advantage goes to the Marlins as Lopez has opened the season right where he finished off last year when he was mowing the Cubs down in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Fried is struggling to get into any sort of a groove.
The Marlins have a very righty heavy lineup that should be able to get to the struggling Fried early and often to break out of their struggles at the dish.