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The Miami Marlins travel to Atlanta for their final season series against the Atlanta Braves. Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for the Fish while Kris Medlen looks to dominate the Marlins' lineup again.
It seems like only yesterday when the Marlins faced the Atlanta Braves in a series. Well, it's not quite yesterday, but it was last week, and as bad as the series loss was, the team fared decently in all three games and none felt like abject blowouts. So, you know, #minorvictories and all.
Today, the Fish face off against the Braves once again, and once again it will the pitcher who dominated in his last outing against us, Kris Medlen, versus the pitcher least equipped to handle a lefty-leaning lineup like Atlanta's, Nathan Eovaldi. This should not end well.
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Nathan Eovaldi had his best start of the season as a Marlin in his last outing, and it happened to be against these very same Braves in Miami. Eovaldi went eight innings, striking out five and walking just two batters. He shut the Braves out and left the game with a 3-0 lead that the Marlins promptly blew in the ninth inning. Nevertheless, those were encouraging signs for a player with known struggles against lefties. Keep it going, Captain EO.
Medlen has been dominating. The Marlins lineup has looked pretty futile. This cannot end well.
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Giancarlo Stanton is still out with his abdominal strain, and Justin Ruggiano is still out with his sprained shoulder. As a result, Greg Dobbs is once again the team's right fielder in tonight's game, and Gil Velazquez is the team's third baseman. Yes, this lineup has a long way to go to reach respectable levels.
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Bold Prediction: Braves def. Marlins 5-1