Betting Pick: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves

Betting Pick: Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves will host the Miami Marlins in the final game before the All Star break Sunday afternoon from SunTrust Park. The Marlins will send 26-year-old right-hander Trevor Richards to the mound, and the Braves will have 31-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the hill. The Braves lead the season series 9-2.

Trevor Richards will make his 18th start of the season, looking to avoid his third straight defeat. Richards yielded three runs in five innings against the Phillies in his latest effort in a 13-6 loss to drop his record to 3-9. The second-year right-hander has pitched much better than his record indicates as he owns a respectable 4.02 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP in 94 innings pitched. Richards has stifled the Braves by holding them to one run in 11.1 innings this season, and he has limited Atlanta to six runs with an 0-1 record in 15.2 career innings. Ronald Acuna Jr. is 4 for 8 against Richards, while Ozzie Albies is 0f or 4, and Freddie Freeman is 2 for 5.

The low-scoring Marlins are currently averaging 3.53 runs per game, ranking them last in the Majors. The Miami pitching staff features a solid 4.32 team ERA, pegging them 13th in the Major Leagues. The Marlins are 17-25 away from home heading into Saturday.

Dallas Keuchel will get the starting nod for the fourth time of the season, hunting for another win to even his record to 2-2. Keuchel is pitching well since joining the Braves, and he limited the Phillies to only two runs in seven innings last time out in a tough 2-0 defeat. The seven-year veteran left-hander has conceded three or fewer runs in all three starts since joining the Braves last month, and he features a 4.08 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 17.2 innings pitched. Keuchel hasn’t seen much of the Marlins in his career, holding them to four runs (two earned) with a 1-1 record in 12 innings. Starlin Castro is 2 for 14 against Keuchel, while Neil Walker is 1 for 8, and JT Riddle is 0 for 2.


My free pick goes to Atlanta -200

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