4 game series vs Braves @ Turner Field
|Tue 07/31||7:10 PM EDT|
|Wed 08/01||7:10 PM EDT|
|Thu 08/02||7:10 PM EDT|
The good news for the Miami Marlins is that the Fish have won two in a row and have looked halfway decent in those two games despite what can only be described as one of the deadest, emptiest lineups in baseball. The bad news is that the Marlins did that against the San Diego Padres, a team with an equal amount of emptiness in their lineup. While the Marlins wait for Giancarlo Stanton to finish rehabbing his knee, the team gets the honor of going on the road for 11 games, including two straight four-game sets against the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. Things kick off tonight against the Braves.
The good news for tonight is that the Marlins are sending Mark Buehrle to the mound, and the last time the team faced Tommy Hanson, he walked seven batters and the Marlins stole seven bases on him. The bad news is that the last time Buehrle took the mound, he was pounded, and Hanson still pitched well enough to beat us.Pitching Matchup
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Mark Buehrle got rocked in his last start against the Braves at home, as he was uncharacteristically wild in a four-walk performance. It was his second straight poor outing, as he was also very bad versus the Chicago Cubs before that outing, so hopefully Buehrle puts on his typical Buehrle gameplan and executes it better than last time.
Hanson walked seven batters in Miami in the last time these two teams faced, and he had trouble holding Marlins runners at bay, as he and Brian McCann allowed seven stolen bases as well. Still, in the end the Fish only mustered three hits and one run despite all that movement. Hopefully the Marlins can do more of the same and add some hitting along with those walks.
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Currently, the Marlins are so bereft of hitters that the team is running out Donnie Murphy, who hit a two-run triple yesterday in the team's eventual 5-4 win, to bat second behind Emilio Bonifacio. The club's lack of depth outside of the outfield was a known issue before the season, and with multiple players out with injury or gone due to trade, the team's hand has really been forced.
Bold Prediction: Braves def. Marlins 4-1