Thursday, July 30, 2009

Braves-Marlins Odds Preview

The Atlanta Braves and the Florida Marlins will both be trying to pick up a win on Thursday when they battle at LandShark Stadium.
Righthander Javier Vazquez will take the mound for the Braves to start this game. Vazquez is 8-7 this season with a 2.98 ERA.
Vazquez's opponent in this one will be Rick Vanden Hurk. The Marlins righthander has a 2.45 ERA to go along with a 1-0 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Braves listed as 160-moneyline favorites versus the Marlins, while the game's total has not yet been posted.
Josh Johnson belted a three-run homer to help the Marlins defeat the Braves 6-3 on Wednesday, as -160 favorites. That game's nine runs made it OVER the posted over/under (8).
Hanley Ramirez homered and drove in a pair of runs, while Dan Uggla launched a solo home run for the Marlins. Johnson improved to 9-2 with the win, allowing just three runs over six innings.
Garret Anderson went deep for a two-run shot for the Braves, who were +140 underdogs. Kenshin Kawakami gave up seven hits and six runs over 4 2-3 innings in the loss.
Current streak:
Atlanta has lost 2 straight games.
Florida has won 3 straight games.
Team records:
Atlanta: 51-50 SU
Florida: 53-48 SU
Atlanta most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing LA Dodgers are 6-4
After playing Florida are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

Florida most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Atlanta's last 12 games when playing Florida
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Atlanta is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Florida is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Florida is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home
Florida is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida's last 7 games at home
Next up:
Atlanta home to LA Dodgers, Friday, July 31
Florida home to Chi Cubs, Friday, July 31



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