Race for Final Spot
One of those teams is the Atlanta Braves, who will host the Florida Marlins Tuesday night in a key matchup at the Sbg global sportsbook. Be sure and check for the latest lines and over/under numbers on this matchup. The opening pitch is set for 7:10 PM and the game can be seen on the MLB Network. The Braves are in a neck and neck race with the San Diego Padres and the San Francisco Giants for the final wild card spot
The Marlins are scheduled to start Anibal Sanchez while the Braves are scheduled to send Tim Hudson to the mound.
Sanchez has a record of 12-11 with a 3.60 earned run average. This year against the Braves he is 1-1 with a 3.93 earned run average. Sanchez has posted 17 strikeouts in 18.1 innings against Atlanta. Sanchez has been lit up in his last two starts as he allowed 9 earned runs in 10.1 innings of work. The right hander has done well against left hand hitters with a 2.92 earned run average.
Hudson has a record of 16-9 with a 2.80 earned run average. He has been effective this year against the Marlins with a MLB wagering record of 1-1 and a tidy 2.84 earned run average. In his last start against Florida on August 28, Hudson allowed 1 earned run in 7 innings of work as he had a phenomenal 13 strikeout performance. The right hander was lit up in his last start at Washington, however, with 6 earned runs allowed in 5.2 innings of work.
Cox’s Last Stand
Longtime Atlanta manager Bobby Cox will be managing his final regular season homestand before retirement as the Braves will host Philadelphia after their three games series against the Marlins. The Braves would love to extend Cox’s final season with a wild card playoff bid.
Head to Head
Atlanta has won 7 out of their last 11 baseball wagering matchups against Florida at Turner Field with just 2 out of the last 8 meetings between the teams at Atlanta going under the total. The Braves have been a stellar 52-23 at home this year while Florida has gone 39-39 on the road.