After winning both games against the Washington Nationals on the road, the Miami Marlins begin a three game series with the Atlanta Braves on Friday night at Marlins Park. The Red Sox swept the Braves, putting the Marlins and Braves tied for first place atop the National League East heading into the weekend.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||BRAVES||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Koehler's last start against the Brewers was his worst, statistically speaking, of the season. In five innings, he gave up seven runs while striking out seven. Koehler didn't issue any walks, but he didn't have his best command and left pitches high in the strike zone which a productive lineup took advantage of.
Koehler pitched against the Braves in April, going six and a third innings while yielding two runs and striking out eight.
Julio Teheran pitched six scoreless innings in his last outing against the Rockies, walking one and striking out seven. Teheran faced the Marlins earlier in the season and gave up one run in seven innings while walking one and striking out eight.
|ATLANTA BRAVES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Jason Heyward - RF||C. Yelich - LF|
|B.J. Upton - CF||Ed Lucas - 2B|
|Freddie Freeman - 1B||G. Stanton - RF|
|Justin Upton - LF||Casey McGehee - 3B|
|Evan Gattis - C||Garrett Jones - 1B|
|Chris Johnson - 3B||J. Saltalamacchia - C|
|A. Simmons - SS||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Tommy La Stella - 2B||A. Hechavarria - SS|
|Julio Teheran - RHP||Tom Koehler - RHP|
Derek Dietrich gets the day off for the Marlins with Ed Lucas starting at second base. Miami's offense was sufficient in the two games against the Nationals, and production from the bottom of the order likely will be necessary in order to stay competitive with Atlanta.
Atlanta's lineup has several power hitters, making it key for the Marlins' starters to keep the ball down.
-Can the Marlins score against Teheran? Teheran is among the many young and talented arms the Braves have, and has gone six or more innings in all but one of his starts.
-Will Miami take advantage of the opportunity? The Marlins, with a successful series, could be atop the NL East standings come Monday.
Bold Prediction: Braves def. Marlins 5-0