|Under 8.5 (-111) @ sportsinteraction|
#905/906 ASA TOP PLAY ON 10* Under 8.5 Runs – Atlanta vs Miami, Monday at 7:20 PM ET – The Braves are off a tough loss last night to the Phillies. It was a very entertaining game for the fans but likely a draining one for the teams and especially for an Atlanta team that felt they lost the game on a questionable safe call at the plate in the 9th inning. Now the Phillies leave town and the Braves welcome the Marlins to Atlanta. Could the Braves be a little flat at the plate after last night's game? Absolutely but, not only that, they would have their hands full in a normal situation too when it comes to having to face Sandy Alcantara. The Marlins staff ace has allowed just 6 hits while striking out 17 in 12 innings pitched his first two starts. Alcantara will be seeking revenge for a post-season loss in Atlanta in October. Looking at the two most recent regular season starts for Alcantara against the Braves he has allowed only 4 hits in 14 and 2 / 3 innings. The Braves are hitting only .214 this season and Alcantara will be very careful with red-hot Acuna and power-hitting Freeman. The latter of those two is hitting only .167 and really, other than Acuna, the Braves hitters are struggling. Travis d'Arnaud the lone other hitter that is even off to a respectable start at .267 thus far. As for the Marlins, their team is also struggling at the plate as they are hitting only .215 and they have a paltry .315 slugging percentage. The Braves bullpen has been one of the best in the league thus far with a 2.08 ERA and they will be supporting a starter, Huascar Ynoa, who had a fantastic first start this season. Ynoa went 5 scoreless innings and struck out 5 while allowing only 2 hits. The Marlins have scored 24 runs in their 8 games this season but 12 runs came in 1 game. In other 7 games the Marlins have averaged scoring only 1.7 runs per game. Look for Miami's struggles at the plate continue here but we also expect Alcantara, who absolutely appears to be on top of his game right now, to be super sharp and shut down the Braves in this one. The result is a well-pitched affair in this one in which the hurlers dominate. We expect this one to get to no more than 6 or 7 runs at best. Take the UNDER.