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#955 Miami
Marlins 9.5
#956 Atlanta
Braves -250

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7:20pm

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Game Stats

Miami Marlins
E. HERNANDEZ

45 - 78

2
W's
4
L's
4.73
ERA
1.18
WHIP

Atlanta Braves
D. KEUCHEL

74 - 52

3
W's
5
L's
4.39
ERA
1.34
WHIP

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Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves 

Where and when:  SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, 7:20 pm EST

The Miami Marlins continue their road trip by visiting SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, for a three-game set versus the Atlanta Braves with game-one beginning on Tuesday night at 7:20pm EST.  Atlanta has owned the Marlins this season in picking up wins in twelve of their last sixteen meetings, however, Miami was able to tie a four-game set at Marlins Park in their last meeting. 

Atlanta continues to hold on to the top spot within the NL East division as they are five and a half games up on the surging Washington Nationals.  They enter this matchup winners of five of seven games after picking up a huge win in a three-game home set versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in their most recent set.  They now seek to pick apart a Miami Marlins team that they have dominated at SunTrust Park in winning four of their last six meetings. The Braves have lost only one series at home in their last eleven sets.  

The Marlins have not been able to gain any type of momentum all season.  The last-place team in the NL East is coming off a devastating road sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies on August 18th.  The team has dropped six of their last seven games, overall, while being winless in their last nine road games. In fact, the Marlins are a total of nineteen games below .500 away from Marlins Park in 2019. 

As pointed out, Miami has struggled against the Braves all season; Yet, the team came close to picking up a win during a four-game set weeks ago. Unfortunately, the Braves bullpen was able to seal the victory in the finale by pitching three-straight scoreless innings for the victory. 

Keuchel needing strong performance versus Marlins

Dallas Keuchel (3-5) will take the hill for the Braves in the opener and will certainly be looking for a much-needed win.  The right-hander will start his eleventh game with Atlanta since being acquired at the trade deadline; However, Keuchel has not won a game since a victory on July 12th versus the San Diego Padres after allowing one earned in seven innings of pitching in a 5-3 victory.  Since, his ERA has increased to just under five as he has given up seven homers along with twenty-one earned runs in six starts.  Keuchel was, however, able to atone for an eight earned run, three-home run performance on the road versus the Marlins on August 8th as he left after 3 ⅓ innings.  

On the flip-side, the right-hander was impressive at SunTrust versus the Marlins in early July in surrendering just two earned in seven innings of pitching in a 4-3 victory.  In all, Keuchel has suffered no decisions in his last three home games while the team has won two-straight with the veteran on the mound.  

Hernandez next up for Marlins

Keuchel will be opposed by Elieser Hernandez (2-5), who will also be looking to atone for a disastrous outing in his last start.  Hernandez was destroyed at home by the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 14th as he allowed six earned along with four home runs in a 9-1 defeat.  Fortunately for the right-hander, his last start at home versus the Braves turned out well as he pitched six innings of two-hit baseball while recording seven strikeouts to boot in a 9-2 victory on August 8th, thus ending a six-game losing streak.  He also faced the Braves at SunTrust this year as he allowed no hits in one inning of relief during a 4-3 loss.  

Hernandez has not won on the road all season in a total of six starts.  In fact, in his last two starts away from Marlins Park, he has pitched only 3 ⅔ innings while allowing nine earned runs along with three home runs in losses to the Tampa Bay Rays along with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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The Braves are playing on another level at this point in the season.  Also, with the Nationals breathing down their necks for first place within the division, expect the Braves to come out with focus against a team in the Marlins that they are very familiar with.  Keuchel will also look to right his ship on the hill after some lackluster outings recently. In all, Atlanta is certainly the strong play  

Prediction: Pick:  Atlanta Braves

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The over has been the play in seven of the last eleven games amongst these two teams.  As stated, Atlanta continues to have their way with the Marlins. With that being the case, look for them to continue their offensive ways in the opener versus Hernandez, who has struggled mightily all year.  In all, expect the over to be the strong play in the end.

Prediction: Pick: Over

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