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.
|Team||Pitcher||ERA||FIP||Zips Projected ERA|
|MIAMI MARLINS||ATLANTA BRAVES|
|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.