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Braves vs Marlins: Game 145 Thread

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Miami battled back from a 7-0 deficit early last night, only to give up five unanswered runs in a 12-7 loss. With only 17 games remaining, the Fish remain a long shot for the postseason. And while other teams, like Atlanta, get to watch some of their young studs like Dansby Swanson perform as the season fades, we get to watch the likes of Jake Esch!

Pitching Matchup
Team Starter ERA FIP 2016 ZIPS Projected ERA
MIA Jake Esch 4.86 6.14 5.02
ATL Matt Wisler 4.76 4.81 4.76

Esch (0-1) has failed to get past the fifth inning in either of his first two career starts and has walked 10 batters over his 9.1 innings pitched. But if he can get through two innings tonight it'll be an improvement upon last night. With Phelps being activated from the DL Sunday, this may be one of Esch's last chances to keep his spot in the rotation.

Matt Wisler (6-11) is making his first start in two weeks since suffering a minor oblique injury. Since being recalled to the majors on Aug. 25, Wisler has surrendered only two runs and six hits over 14 innings.

Today's Lineups

Dee Gordon - 2B Ender Inciarte - CF
Ichiro Suzuki - LF Adonis Garcia - 3B
Martin Prado - 3B Freddie Freeman - 1B
Christian Yelich - CF Matt Kemp - LF
Marcell Ozuna - RF Nick Markakis - RF
Justin Bour - 1B Tyler Flowers - C
J.T. Realmuto - C Jace Peterson - 2B
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Dansby Swanson - SS
Jake Esch - RHP Matt Wisler - RHP

Dee Gordon continues to lead off for unexplainable reasons. Why not move Gordon to 8 for a little bit while he figures out this slump. Wouldn't hitting him eighth and having everyone move up one spot be the ideal lineup right now?

Bold Prediction: Esch throws a quality start, while Wisler is rusty coming off his injury in a 7-2 win.