Marlins vs. Braves (September 2): Will Morton & Alcantara steal the show in Atlanta?
The NL Cy Young Award may not be 100 percent decided just yet, but Miami Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara will take a pretty big step towards wrapping it up tonight in Atlanta.
With 2021 winner Corbin Burnes falling well behind thanks to an underwhelming August and potential challenger Tony Gonsolin going on the injured list this week, Alcantara is in a commanding position ahead of his start against the Braves.
At FanDuel, he is an -850 favorite, with Atlanta’s Max Fried and Julio Urias of the Dodgers next in line at +2500, followed by Burnes and Gonsolin at +3500.
With several starts still remaining after this one, Alcantara could still falter, and Fried, Urias, or Burnes could make a late charge. But if he has his way with the reigning World Series champions tonight, the odds of any of that occurring will diminish even more.
Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves Matchup Information and Betting Odds
- Matchup: Miami Marlins (55-75, 29-37 away, 4th in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (81-51, 44-25 home, 2nd in the NL East)
- Venue & Location: Truist Park (Atlanta, Georgia)
- Date: Friday, September 2, 2022
- Game Time: 7:20 p.m. Eastern Time
- Marlins vs. Braves TV Info: Apple TV+
Marlins vs. Braves Pitching Matchup
- Miami Marlins: Sandy Alcantara (2022: 26 starts, 12-6, 2.13 ERA)
- Atlanta Braves: Charlie Morton (2022: 25 starts, 6-5, 4.10 ERA)
Marlins vs. Braves Odds
- Miami Marlins +152
- Atlanta Braves -180
- Over 7 (+104)
- Under 7 (-128)
- Miami Marlins +1.5 (-156)
- Atlanta Braves -1.5 (+130)
Will Runs Be at a Premium in Atlanta?
Though this will be the fifth series between the Marlins and Braves this season (with one more to come to end the regular season), Alcantara has faced Atlanta just twice to date.
The two starts came back-to-back at the back half of May, and both were outstanding.
- May 22 vs. Atlanta: 9 IP, 6 H, 3 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 7 K (W)
- May 28 at Atlanta: 8 IP, 4 H, R (ER), 0 BB, 14 K (W)
The first start was the first of his four complete games this season, while the second saw him notch a season and career high in strikeouts.
Last Saturday, he pitched his fourth complete game and recorded double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time this season as he dominated the Dodgers in a 2-1 win. After having his worst start of the season in Los Angeles a week prior, he allowed one run, six hits, and two walks and struck out ten.
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