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Miami Marlins vs. Atlanta Braves: Game 38 Thread and Ichthyomancy

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The Marlins are hoping to avoid a three game sweep at the hands of Atlanta on Sunday afternoon.

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After dropping a pair of games to the Braves, the Marlins hope to rebound with the help of the return of Henderson Alvarez off of the DL. Miami is trying to avoid its second sweep of the season by Atlanta.

Pitching Matchup

PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS BRAVES ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.88 3.65 4.50 Alvarez
Miller 1.60 3.42 3.52

After more than a month on the DL, Henderson Alvarez will make his first start since April 13 in the series finale against the Braves. He'll look to earn his first win on the season (0-2) in his first game back. Alvarez has some lofty expectations, as he was Miami's Opening Day starter. Following a solid rehab performance for Class A Jupiter last week, Alvarez is hoping to reach his 2014 form.

On the other hand, Braves starter Shelby Miller will look to continue his dominance early this season. Miller (4-1) has been arguably Atlanta's top pitcher this season, and the Marlins will need an impressive offensive showing to defeat him.

Today's Lineups

ATLANTA BRAVES MIAMI MARLINS
Jace Peterson - 2B Dee Gordon - 2B
Phil Gosselin - 3B Martin Prado - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Nick Markakis - RF Marcell Ozuna - CF
Todd Cunningham - LF Christian Yelich - LF
AJ Pierzynski - C Mike Morse - 1B
Pedro Ciriaco - SS Adeiny Hechavarria - SS
Cameron Maybin - CF
Jhonatan Solano - C
Shelby Miller - RHP Henderson Alvarez - RHP

Miami manager Mike Redmond has decided to give J.T. Realmuto a rest, replacing him with Jhonatan Solano. Also, he's placing Yelich back in the lineup today.

Fredi Gonzalez is giving Andrelton Simmons a day off, replacing him with Pedro Ciriaco.

Notes

-Can Henderson Alvarez return to his old self, and become the pitcher the Marlins need him to be?

-Will Stanton be able to keep up the tremendous power hitting he's been showing lately?

Bold Prediction: Marlins avoid a sweep, beating the Braves 4-3.