The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins are set to collide for Game 1 of a three-game weekend series on Friday, which will be broadcast on Apple TV.
Pitching has been a strength of both these clubs, but the difference between these two teams is that the Braves have an offense that can do damage, while the Marlins continue to search for answers with theirs.
This series is expected to open with a big pitching matchup, headlined by the NL Cy Young favorite Sandy Alcantara of the Marlins and Charlie Morton of the Braves. The Marlins righthander owns a 12-6 record, paired with an exceptional 2.13 ERA and 167 strikeouts, while the veteran Morton is 6-5 with a 4.10 ERA and 168 strikeouts.
When and Where is Marlins-Braves?
Marlins: 55-75 | Braves: 80-51
Date: September 2, 2022 | First Pitch: 7:20 p.m. ET
Location: Atlanta, Georgia | Stadium: Truist Park
How to Watch Marlins-Braves?
TV: Apple TV+ | Live Stream: Apple TV App
Announcers: Stephen Nelson, Hunter Pence, Katie Nolan, and Heidi Watney
How to Bet Marlins-Braves
Moneyline: Marlins | Braves
Run Line: Marlins | Braves
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Will the Marlins Give Run Support to their Ace?
It’s hard to beat Alcantara twice a row, which he showed against the Los Angeles Dodgers his last time out. The Marlins’ top starter was roughed up on August 21 before seeing them again on August 27 and pitching a complete game. That’s something the powerful righty should be able to build off heading into this start against a Braves offense that can certainly put numbers on the board.
Marlins Projected Lineup:
SS Joey Wendle
3B Jonathan Berti
RF Brian Anderson
CF JJ Bleday
DH Garrett Cooper
C Jacob Stallings
1B Lewin Diaz
2B Charles Leblanc
LF Peyton Burdick
Starting Pitcher: Sandy Alcantara
Can the Braves Find their Deadly Offense?
Heading into action on Thursday, the Braves offense has been somewhat inconsistent this week, and things certainly won’t get easier when they go up against one of the game’s elite starters on Friday. As a result, it’s hard to see things smoothly in this matchup for the Braves, but the Marlins haven’t typically given their ace a ton of run support, meaning this could be a low-scoring battle.
Braves Projected Lineup:
DH Ronald Acuna Jr.
SS Dansby Swanson
3B Austin Riley
1B Matt Olson
C William Contreras
CF Michael Harris II
2B Vaughn Grissom
LF Eddie Rosario
RF Robbie Grossman
Starting Pitcher: Charlie Morton