Online betting has a way of making us all look like fools, as teams who are expected to excel struggle, while those who are supposed to be bottom feeders end up finding a way to be the cream of the crop. During the offseason, the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins made moves that seriously changed the expectations for each team. The Braves were supposed to struggle as they re-built, whilst many saw the Marlins as a team built to go deep in the postseason. Things haven’t gone to plan in the early part of the year.
Online MLB Betting Preview on Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves & Game InfoVenue: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Time: 12:10 PM ET
Solid gold from the Gold Glover, @ChristianYelich. pic.twitter.com/1SZL83fZCI — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) April 14, 2015The Marlins had what appeared to be a rather easy start to the season, with 6 games against the Braves and 3 versus the Tampa Bay Rays. That they have only won 1 of those games, an extra inning victory over the Rays, tells you that things may not be as smooth as we had all expected. Miami opened the season by getting swept by the Braves, and have now lost the opening game of their second series against the same team. They will have the chance to get one back on Tuesday before Dan Haren takes the mound for the Wednesday matinee. Haren made it clear that he was not happy with the trade to the Marlins, and he even spoke about hanging up his glove. Money talks, though, and Haren got his first start in the only game that Miami have won this season, although it was a no decision for the right-hander. It was clear that if the Braves were to have any kind of success this year, they would need to rely on pitching and speed rather than power. They have done that to near perfection so far, putting up a 6-1 record over their first 7 games. How long they can continue to prosper playing their brand of small ball remains to be seen, but for now, they can continue to pad their stats until the wheels come off. The Wednesday afternoon game will see the Braves send veteran lefty Eric Stults to the mound for his second start of the season. Stults managed a no-decision in his first start, giving up 3 runs in 5 innings of ball in a game that the Braves eventually won 5-3.