The Miami Marlins fell just short yesterday after the club missed on some critical late game opportunities and failed to capitalize against the Atlanta Braves. Tonight, they will get another chance in front of what should be a sparse crowd at Marlins Park, when the two teams face off in the second of a three-game series. On the mound for the Fish tonight will be newly acquired south Florida native Mat Latos.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||BRAVES||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
The Marlins will get their first look at the new Mat Latos in real play against the Braves tonight. The offseason acquisition has a lot of questions going against him, particularly about his declining velocity. With a decreased fastball, can Latos still deliver a big game for the Fish?
Alex Wood had a strong sophomore campaign for the Braves last season and dominated the Marlins a few times in 2014. He is here once again to try and silence Miami's bats.
|ATLANTA BRAVES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Eric Young Jr. - CF||Dee Gordon - 2B|
|Jace Peterson - 2B||Christian Yelich - LF|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Giancarlo Stanton - RF|
|Freddie Freeman - 1B||Mike Morse - 1B|
|Christian Bethancourt - C||Martin Prado - 3B|
|Kelly Johnson - LF||Marcell Ozuna - CF|
|Chris Johnson - 3B||Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C|
|Andrelton Simmons - SS||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Alex Wood - LHP||Mat Latos - RHP|
The Fish will run out the same lineup it did yesterday. Among the oddities noted was the presence of Martin Prado batting fifth for the team ahead of Marcell Ozuna. The presence of Dee Gordon at the top of the lineup is certainly frustrating, though Gordon did deliver the team's only RBI yesterday.
- What should we expect of Mat Latos? Is he going to dominate, be a craftier version of his old self, or will he struggle as he did in parts of Spring Training?
- Is Alex Wood going to dominate us again? We don't have Jose Fernandez to combat him this time.
- Can the Marlins maybe get a few hits today? That would be great.
Bold Prediction: Braves def. Marlins 4-2