Welcome to Thursday’s Braves (68-48) vs. Marlins (42-71) game thread.
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- RF Ronald Acuña Jr.
- 2B Ozzie Albies
- 1B Freddie Freeman
- 3B Josh Donaldson
- C Brian McCann
- LF Adam Duvall
- CF Ender Inciarte
- SS Charlie Culberson
- P Dallas Keuchel (3.86 ERA, 4.75 FIP, 17.8 K%, 38.4 Hard Hit% in 56.0 IP)
Notes: On the verge of a 30-30 season and with an outside shot at going 40-40, Acuña has blossomed into the bonafide National League MVP candidate that most talent evaluators forecasted him to be...Earlier today, the Braves officially placed midseason sensation Austin Riley (right knee sprain) on the injured list. He had been struggling at the plate lately, anyway...Making the move from the AL to the NL, Keuchel’s strikeout rate has surprisingly gone down compared to recent seasons. In other aspects, however, he looks to be the solid innings-eater that the Braves were hoping for.
- SS Jon Berti
- 2B Starlin Castro
- RF Brian Anderson
- 1B Garrett Cooper
- CF Lewis Brinson
- LF Harold Ramirez
- 3B Martín Prado
- C Jorge Alfaro
- P Elieser Hernandez (5.66 ERA, 6.15 FIP, 22.5 K%, 30.6 Hard Hit% in 41.1 IP)
Notes: Don’t overreact to the Isan Díaz benching—we wasn’t going to start eight games within his first week in the majors, so matching up with a veteran lefty seems like the most appropriate time to get him a breather...I continue to believe that Hernandez is much better than the results suggest, but there’s no excuse for his last dud against the Rays (3.0 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 0 K). Of his six previous appearances against the Braves, only one of them came in a starting role...Leading the Marlins in virtually every offensive category while thriving in the field at two positions, how do we feel about a Brian Anderson contract extension? Danny Martinez at least wants to start the conversation.
How to watch/listen/follow
The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.
Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.
- Which team scores first? (Braves/Marlins)
- Over/Under 0.5 Marlins home runs? (Over/Under)
- Over/Under 8,999 attendance? (Over/Under)
- Will Ronald Acuña Jr. get a hit vs. Elieser Hernandez? (Yes/No)
- Who wins? (Braves/Marlins)