MLB gambling matchups for the weekend will include a key showdown of National League East contenders with a baseball gambling matchup of Atlanta at Florida.
The three game series will begin Friday and run through Sunday. The two teams have split their last 20 games at Florida with the last 8 between them at the Marlins home field going over the total.
The Atlanta Braves have maintained their summer long 2-game lead in the National League East over the Philadelphia Phillies, who were leading the National League wild card race by a game and a half over the San Francisco Giants and by 2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Marlins jumped into the wild card race with hot play in August and were 6.5 games off the pace for the final playoff spot.
Pitching has been the key to the Braves success as they ranked 4th overall in the majors for staff earned run average and 10th in quality starts. The offense has picked up production as well as of late and ranked 9th for runs scored.
The Marlins will likely catch a key baseball betting break as Atlanta’s top starting pitcher, Tim Hudson, was scheduled to start Thursday against the Mets which would put him out of this series.
Billy Wagner has been strong out of the bullpen for Atlanta with a 1.65 earned run average and 30 saves with a powerful 78 strikeouts in 54.2 innings of work.
Atlanta has not been a good road team as they had a mark of just 29-37 away from home.
The Marlins have only been playing at a .500 clip in home MLB betting action this year while showing a modest profit against the board overall. Florida ranked right in the middle of the major league rankings for both run production and staff earned run average.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez has been the offensive spark as he was hitting .296 with 17 home runs and 27 stolen bases. Second baseman Dan Uggla led the Marlins in home runs with 29 and in RBI’s with 83 to give Florida the strongest keystone combination in MLB gambling.
Josh Johnson was the top Florida starter with a record of 11-5 and a 2.36 earned run average. He had 21 quality starts in 26 outings and is scheduled to take the hill against the Braves.