Atlanta Braves (99-59) vs. Miami Marlins (66-92)
October 3, 2022 6:40 pm EDT
The Line: Miami Marlins +134 / Atlanta Braves -158 ; Over/Under: 7.5
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The Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins meet Monday in MLB action from Marlins Park. The Braves just finished up against the Mets in their last series. Atlanta won the first two games in that set, then on Sunday the Braves put up a two-run victory. As for the Marlins, they played the Brewers over the weekend. Miami won two of the first three games, then in the Sunday finale the Marlins eked out a one-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Atlanta managed a 5-2 win over the Mets in the Friday opener of their series, then took a 4-2 win in game two. In the Sunday finale the Braves scored three runs in the third during a 5-3 win. Starter Charlie Morton put up 4.1 innings with three earned on nine hits and a walk.
Starter for the Monday game will be Atlanta’s Bryce Elder. In his nine games (eight starts) this year Elder is 2-3 with a 2.76 ERA. In 49.0 innings he has 15 earned on 38 hits and 22 walks with 42 Ks.
Over on the Marlins’ side, they lost to the Brewers 1-0 Friday but won 4-2 Thursday and 4-3 Saturday otherwise. On Sunday Miami took the series with a tense 12-inning 4-3 victory. Starter Pablo Lopez lasted 7.0 shutout innings with two hits, three walks and seven Ks.
As starting pitcher for the Monday game the Marlins are sending out Jesus Luzardo. Over 17 starts this year Luzardo is 3-7 with a 3.53 ERA. In 94.1 innings he has 37 earned on 65 hits and 34 walks with 108 Ks.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on the Marlins. Luzardo is doing well lately; over his last three starts in 18.2 combined innings he has five earned on 12 hits and four walks. Luzardo doesn’t have a decision in that time though, so he’ll need some help from the bats. Elder should do pretty well here also; he’s coming off a complete-game shutout with six hits and a walk versus Washington. This looks like it could be a lower-scoring game—on paper, at least.