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#3905 Atlanta Braves vs.
#3906 Miami Marlins
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 1:40pm EDT
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Atlanta Braves (18-21, 19-20 RL, 22-15-2 O/U) and the Miami Marlins (17-21, 20-18 RL, 19-19 O/U) conclude a three-game NL East series on Sunday afternoon. The Braves will give the nod to Ian Anderson. The Marlins will have one of their best pitchers in Sandy Alcantara on the mound. The Braves lead the season series 3-2. 

Anderson Targets Fourth Win

Ian Anderson will make his eighth start of the season in this one. Anderson was stellar in his previous outing, limiting a good Brewers lineup to only one run in six innings, but had no help and took the loss to dip his record to 3-2. The young right-hander is having a marvelous season, recording a 3.75 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP in 36 innings of work. Anderson held Miami to just two runs in five innings last month and has posted a 1-2 record and a subpar 4.15 ERA in six career meetings. 

The Braves are concluding a six-game road trip in this one. They lost two of three in Milwaukee this week to begin the trek and have dropped two consecutive series to dip to third in the division. The pitching has been the biggest issue this season. 

Ozzie Albies has cooled down at the plate, driving in only five runs with a .556 OPS this month. The 25-year-old second baseman is only hitting .232 with 16 RBIs and a .680 OPS. He has fared well against the Marlins this season, recording 5 hits in 16 at-bats with three RBIs. 

Atlanta is scoring an average of 4.10 runs per game, ranking them 17th overall. The pitching staff has registered a 3.90 team ERA, pegging them 19th in the big leagues. 

Alcantara Registers Another Strong Outing

Sandy Alcantara will take the mound for the ninth time of the season. Alcantara registered another remarkable effort last time out, limiting the Nationals to only one run in eight innings, and was able to collect the win to improve his record to 4-2. The veteran right-hander is one of the more underrated pitchers in the game. He features stellar numbers, amassing a 2.49 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 50.2 innings pitched. Alcantara was outstanding against the Braves last year, going 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA in four starts, and is sporting a 2-1 record and a stifling 2.20 ERA in 45 career innings against the rivals. 

The fish were able to collect a needed series win against the Nationals prior to this series, ending a streak of four consecutive series defeats. The bats are showing signs of breakout out of a slump while the pitching has been excellent. 

Jazz Chisholm Jr. continues to dazzle at the plate, collecting seven hits in his last five games. The 24-year-old second baseman is enjoying a breakout season, posting a .294 average with 27 RBIs and a .965 OPS. Chisholm Jr. is 4 for 17 with three RBIs against the Braves.

Miami is averaging 4.24 runs on the year, landing them 15th in the Major Leagues. The pitching staff brings a 3.38 team ERA into this one, good for sixth overall. 

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The Braves are having trouble winning games with any consistency this season. They have only won five out of their last ten games overall. Braves’ starter Ian Anderson has been mediocre against the Marlins, posting a 4.15 career ERA against the rivals. 

Furthermore, the Marlins are a competitive squad with good starting pitching. Marlins’ starter Sandy Alcantara is in a groove, conceding just one run in his last two starts spanning 15 innings. He features a dazzling 2.20 career ERA against the Braves and is the key to victory in this game.

Prediction: Miami Marlins -105

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I am opting for the under in this one. The Braves have only scored a total of 18 runs in their last five games. It’s going to be difficult to break out considering Sandy Alcantara has conceded two or fewer runs in seven of his eight starts on the season. The Marlins' pen is among the best as well, sporting a 3.13 ERA. 

In addition, Ian Anderson has been more effective on the road where he features a stellar 1.96 ERA on the season. The Braves bullpen has been solid as well, logging a 3.30 ERA. 

Prediction: Under 7
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Written By Adam Rauzino , "Adam Rauzino"

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