The defending champion Atlanta Braves open up a three-game series against the Miami Marlins from Truist Park in what should be some exciting baseball. Neither the Braves nor the Marlins come in as world beaters and they find themselves fighting for placement within the division. The Braves have had a down year thus far but did just take two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies in the series prior. The Marlins dropped both games against the Tampa Bay Rays in their last series and will be looking to get back on track. These two teams know each other very well so the contests should likely be closely contested.
Miami Marlins Record: 18-27
Atlanta Braves Record: 21-23
Trevor Rogers 2-5, 5.20 ERA vs Ian Anderson 3-3, 4.07 ERA
Sandy Alcantara 4-2, 2.11 ERA vs Tucker Davidson 1-1, 8.71 ERA
Elieser Hernandez 2-4, 5.45 ERA vs Max Fried 4-2, 3.27 ERA
What to Watch:
For me, this series starts and ends with the pitcher matchups. Both teams will have their aces going in this series, on different days, so they each have to feel confident. The Marlins have their ace in Sandy Alcantara going on Saturday and I’d favor them to win that matchup. The Braves have their ace in Max Fried going in the finale on Sunday so the edge will likely be with Atlanta in that one. The contest that intrigues is tonight’s game as both of the starters going have elevated earned run averages on the year. It could be likely that a bullpen game may be needed from one or both of the teams. How each team’s pitching staffs perform will ultimately decide the outcome of the series.
Who Wins the Series:
While the Braves have been slightly better than the Marlins so far this year, I actually like the Marlins to go on the road and take two of three from Atlanta. The Braves don’t look like the same team from a season ago and the Marlins should look to take advantage of that. Give me the road team here to squeak out a series win.