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Braves vs. Marlins: Game 81 Thread

Afternoon game at Turner Field starts at 4:10

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After last night's victory in extra innings, the Miami Marlins are now 3-7 on the season against the Atlanta Braves. A dismal record considering the Braves, while in the turbulent midst of a rebuilding year, are one of the worst teams in the Majors. But there's good news. Last night's surprising hero Jose Fernandez (10-3) climbs the mound for today's game 3, and he's had an historic season so far.

His season strikeout total of 138 is a Marlins' record for most strikeouts before the All-Star break. This equates to 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings, best in the Majors. As well as boasting a 1.80 ERA with 28 strikeouts during three career starts at Turner Field, his 28:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio at Turner is his best at any Major League park.

The Braves had a hole in their rotation after trading Bud Norris to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Lucas Harrell has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill the void, making his first Major League start since 2014. In five starts with Triple-A Gwinnett, he is 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA.

Pitching Matchup

Team Pitcher ERA FIP Zips Projected ERA
MIA Jose Fernandez 2.28 1.98 2.60
ATL Lucas Harrell 0.00 0.00 0.00

Today's Lineups

Ichiro Suzuki - RF Jace Peterson - 2B
Martin Prado - 3B Chase d'Arnaud - CF
Christian Yelich - LF Freddie Freeman - 1B
Marcell Ozuna - CF Nick Markakis - RF
Justin Bour - 1B Adonis Garcia - 3B
J.T. Realmuto - C Erick Aybar - SS
Derek Dietrich - 2B A.J. Pierzynski - C
Miguel Rojas - SS Emilio Bonifacio - LF
Jose Fernandez - RHP Lucas Harrell - RHP


-Ichiro replaces Stanton in right field and bats leadoff, only 12 hits shy of 3,000.

-Miguel Rojas gives Hech a day off and bats eighth.

Bold Prediction: Jose dominates with eight strikeouts over seven innings and the Fish win, 5-0.