Game 156 Preview: Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves

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The Miami Marlins look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, and they will look to rookie starter Jacob Turner to assist. For the Braves, it will be the erratic Tommy Hanson on the mound.


Current Series

Braves lead the series 2-0

Tue 09/25 WP: Craig Kimbrel (3 - 1)
LP: Michael Dunn (0 - 3)
3 - 4 loss
Wed 09/26 WP: Paul Maholm (13 - 10)
SV: Craig Kimbrel
LP: Josh Johnson (8 - 14)
0 - 3 loss

Miami Marlins
@ Atlanta Braves

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Turner Field

Jacob Turner vs Tommy Hanson

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

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Get out the broom breakers, because the Miami Marlins are looking to bust up a sweep.

Yes, the Marlins are trying to avoid a second straight sweep, this time at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. If the Fish can, they will stop a six-game slide that started with the Braves taking the third game of their last series in Miami. On the mound to face the Marlins is Tommy Hanson, who has had an up-and-down season for the Braves. The Fish will counter with Jacob Turner, who is coming off of increasingly better starts and is building the confidence of the Marlins organization.

Pitching Matchup

Proj Win% Proj ERA FIP ERA Marlins Braves ERA FIP Proj ERA Proj Win%
--- --- 5.43 5.23 Turner Hanson 4.46 4.65 --- ---

Jacob Turner has quietly put up some nice performances as a Marlin so far. His problems still revolve around the home run, as he has given up way too many of them. But his control is present based on his small walk total, and that 17.4 percent strikeout rate shows you exactly what I meant when I said that his contact rates should yield better results.

Tommy Hanson is one confusing pitcher. Remember when the Marlins stole what seemed like 100 bases off of him, yet he struck out what seemed like 100 Marlins on the way to a win? Yeah, he's that kind of confusing, all season long. His problem this year has been with the home run, which is good for him tonight, because the Marlins do not seem those anymore.

Lineup

Order Player Proj wOBA vs. RHP
1 Bryan Petersen .316
2 Gorkys Hernandez .260
3 Jose Reyes .340
4 Carlos Lee .324
5 Rob Brantly ---
6 Donovan Solano .275
7 Scott Cousins .282
8 Gil Velazquez ---

This lineup is bona fide awful. It is difficult to even look at. On a positive note, while Justin Ruggiano is likely out for the rest of the season, at least Giancarlo Stanton has a remote shot at pinch-hitting tonight before potentially returning to the lineup tomorrow at the earliest.

Bold Prediction: Braves def. Marlins 4-1

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