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Braves make the most of runners in scoring position, beat the Marlins 5-3

Wei-Yin Chen had a bad outing, which was cemented by two home runs from Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr.

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

From the Fish Stripes Twitter “If you enter a game with zero expectations, you’ll never be disappointed”. That sounds like a Wei-Yin Chen start.

Wei-Yin Chen: 5 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 2 HR
Julio Teheran: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Wei-Yin Chen has been traded! That is the words I wish I saw each and everyday. The truth is with his numbers this season and contract, that would never happen. He is currently sitting on a 5.65 earned run average and has seven loses.

Well back to reality, Chen took on the Braves last night and could not really hang against their offense. The Braves jumped on Chen in the second inning, stringing together two hits, two walks and a sacrifice fly to score two runs. One of those hits which scored a run was a single by the opposing pitcher Julio Teheran, that is a big no no.

Chen also gave up a home run to Freddie Freeman. In defense of Chen that ball was inside and low, something that is not so easy to crush like Freeman did. This was not the only home run given up in the game by Chen, the next one was in the fifth inning. Ronald Acuna Jr. crushed a ball that was straight down the middle of the plate. Chen really had no movement at all on that pitch, and Acuna made him pay. When Chen is on the road we get these kinds of starts, sadly.

The Fish were able to get eight hits in the game but could not score enough runners. Brian Anderson started the game off on the right foot for the Fish. He clobbered a two-run home run into dead center, over 400 and something feet. Derek Dietrich had walked right before this, so the game was already looking good for the Fish.

The next time the Fish scored a run was in the fifth inning, by then they were already down 4-2. After another Dietrich walk, J.T. Realmuto doubled to send him home. The lead was cut down to 4-3, but the Fish would not score again. Realmuto continues to impress right up until the trade deadline, let’s see if he moves.

*Quick Offense Notes* Justin Bour had two walks on the night, Starlin Castro and Martín Prado each had two hits in the game.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Kingfish: Johnathon Carmago (.158 WPA).

Flounder: Wei-Yin Chen (-.320).

Play of the game: Ronald Acuna Jr. Home run.

Attendance: 21,230

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Probable Pitching Matchup

Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Name Team IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Wei-Yin Chen Marlins 78 5.65 4.83 7.04 0.3
Julio Teheran Braves 100 4.42 5.27 8.26 0
Courtesy of Fangraphs

Today's Lineups

Derek Dietrich - LF Ronald Acuna - LF
Brian Anderson - RF Ozzie Albies - 2B
J.T. Realmuto - C Freddie Freeman - 1B
Justin Bour - 1B Nick Markakis - RF
Starlin Castro - 2B Tyler Flowers - C
Martin Prado - 3B Johan Camargo - 3B
Miguel Rojas - SS Ender Inciarte - CF
Magneuris Sierra - CF Dansby Swanson - SS
Wei-Yin Chen - LHP Julio Teheran - RHP

Matchup Summary:

The Marlins will be taking on the Braves in a three game series starting tonight. These two teams faced each other last Monday in what was a quick two game series. The Fish split that set and will look for a series win this time.

Game Thread: Is this trade deadline playing out like you expected so far?