Marlins vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Experts 5/4

Marlins vs Braves Prediction MLB Picks Experts 5/4

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The Miami Marlins (16-15) will host the Atlanta Braves (21-10) on May 4, 2023, at 1:10 PM at loanDepot Park in Miami, Florida. The Braves currently lead the National League East with a .677 winning percentage, while the Marlins sit at third place in the division with a .516 winning percentage.

 

Pitching matchup

Left-handed pitcher Dylan Dodd (1-1, 7.71 ERA) will start on the mound for the Braves, while left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo (2-1, 3.48 ERA) will start for the Marlins. Luzardo has been a reliable starter for the Marlins this season, with an impressive 38 strikeouts and only four home runs allowed in 33.2 innings pitched.

 

Hitting leaders

The Braves have been led offensively by second baseman Ozzie Albies, who has hit nine home runs and driven in 26 runs with a .275 batting average. Right fielder Jorge Soler has also contributed with five home runs and 10 RBIs. The Marlins have been paced by outfielder Luis Arraez, who boasts a .432 batting average, and first baseman Garrett Cooper, who has 13 RBIs and three home runs.

 

Recent form and injuries

The Braves have won six of their last ten games, including the first two games of this series against the Marlins. In their most recent game, they defeated the Marlins 14-6, with Albies going 4-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs. The Marlins have won four of their last ten games, with a recent series win against the Chicago Cubs. They will look to bounce back from their recent losses to the Braves and get back to their winning ways.

 

Prediction

While the Braves have been dominant this season, the Marlins have shown that they are capable of beating top teams, including a recent series win against the Cubs. Luzardo has been a reliable starter for the Marlins, and if he can continue his strong performances, they will have a good chance of shutting down the Braves' offense. The Marlins also have a strong bullpen that can keep them in the game if they fall behind early. Additionally, the Marlins will be motivated to avoid a series sweep by the Braves and gain ground in the division standings.

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