The Atlanta Braves will travel to Miami for a series with the Marlins. All odds and trends for this game can be found at Oddsmaker sportsbook.
Atlanta has a shot of chasing down Washington for the top spot in the National League East but need to get red hot and hope the Nationals falter in the final weeks of 2012. The Wild Card is a more realistic goal although the Braves swept the Nationals following a 5-1 victory on Sunday. Overall, Atlanta has now won eight of eleven with outstanding pitching leading the way. Veteran Tim Hudson gets the start in the first game of the series needing some consistency going forward. Hudson is 6-2 with a pair of no decisions over his last ten starts and has alternated quality starts with bad starts the last six times out.
Miami is probably looking forward to the end of the regular season which will probably have an unhappy ending with the Fish mired in the National League East basement. However, the Marlins have been a great spoiler over the last few weeks with four of their five victories in this span coming against Washington and Cincinnati. The Marlins fell to the Reds 5-4 in eleven innings with the bats stalling which has been a problem in 2012. Nathan Eovaldi will be on the mound for Monday’s opener looking to snap a personal four game slide. Eovaldi is 3-6 with a no decision through his last ten outings and has lasted more than five frames just three times.
Common logic dictates that Hudson gives Atlanta the edge on the mound but even so, the bats aren’t lighting up the scoreboard which is something to watch. I’m backing the Braves at a decent price but this team can under achieve without warning at the sports book.