Every Major League team is in action on Saturday, and there are a couple of great contests for bettors in the National League. The Cincinnati Reds try to kick their three-game skid by hosting the Atlanta Braves, and the Miami Marlins take on the Washington nationals. This betting guide gives insight to the best value plays from that pair of games.
Atlanta Braves (-175) vs Cincinnati Reds (+145)
Atlanta has won three of the last four meetings between the teams, including a convincing 9-1 win in the first game of this current series on Friday. Reds starter Tyler Mahle has been shaky, but he’s been decent lately with a 2.91 ERA with 23 strikeouts over his last 21.2 innings pitched. Braves starter. However, Spencer Strider has been great on the road this season, posting a 2.13 ERA and 0.91 WHIP (walks+hits per inning pitched) with 37 strikeouts in 25.1 innings pitched. The Braves have too much offensive punch, so take Atlanta (-175) to win this one.
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Both starters have been pretty good lately, and this has the looks of being a pretty tight contest. However, the over has hit in each game of Cincinnati’s current three-game losing skid, and in eight of the last 10 for the Reds. The Braves can rake, boasting the league’s third-best OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) at .755. There could be some runs scored in this one, so lean towards the over (O9, -120).
Miami Marlins (-115) vs Washington Nationals (-105)
After getting hammered in his first career start, Washington’s Jackon Tetreault has won his last two, and they’ve been pretty good. He has an ERA of 0.69 over 13 innings pitched, giving up just one earned run along the way. Miami starter Daniel Castano has been pretty good since moving to the rotation, as the Marlins have won his last two starts. The Marlins have won nine of the last 10 meetings between these teams, including the last four. As good as Tetreault has been, this looks like a good spot for Miami (-115).
Both of these starters have been pretty stingy lately, and the under has landed in each of the last four meetings in Washington – including Miami’s victory on Friday. The total has gone under in four of Miami’s last five, and six of the last eight for the Nationals. Expect the total to be low once again, and take the under in this one (U9.5, -110).
Odds via BetMGM
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