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A general view of the Jackie Robinson #42 jersey and ballcap worn by the Miami Marlins during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Marlins Park on August 28, 2020 in Miami, Florida. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Miami Marlins face off against the Atlanta Braves today for the start of a 4-game series. In this series preview, you’ll get all the details:

  • Schedule, Watch, Listen
  • Probable Pitchers
  • Recent Lineups
  • What To Watch For

Around the league on Thursday, April 15, you’ll see players wearing #42, in honor of Jackie Robinson breaking MLB’s color barrier.


Schedule, Watch, Listen

Monday, April 12 at 7:20 pm

  • TV: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Tuesday, April 13 at 7:20 pm

  • TV: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Wednesday, April 14 at 7:20 pm

  • TV: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Thursday, April 15 at 12:20 pm

  • TV: Bally Sports Florida, MLB Network (out-of-market only)
  • Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Miami Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Probable Pitchers

Monday: RHP Sandy Alcantara vs. RHP Huascar Ynoa

  • Alcantara: 1.50 ERA, 0.833 WHIP, 35.4 K%, 38.5 HardHit% in 12.0 IP
  • Ynoa: 0.00 ERA, 0.667 WHIP, 23.8 K%, 46.7 HardHit% in 6.0 IP

Tuesday: RHP Pablo López vs. LHP Max Fried

  • López: 1.54 ERA, 0.771 WHIP, 23.8 K%, 32.1 HardHit% in 11.2 IP
  • Fried: 9.00 ERA, 2.429 WHIP, 28.2 K%, 37.5 HardHit% in 7.0 IP

Wednesday: RHP Nick Neidert vs. RHP Charlie Morton

  • Neidert: 2.08 ERA, 1.846 WHIP, 15.0 K%, 33.3 HardHit% in 4.1 IP
  • Morton: 3.27 ERA, 1.182 WHIP, 26.7 K%, 27.6 HardHit% in 11.0 IP

Thursday: LHP Trevor Rogers vs. RHP Ian Anderson

  • Rogers: 1.80 ERA, 1.100 WHIP, 40.0 K%, 61.1 HardHit% in 10.0 IP
  • Anderson: 4.35 ERA, 1.161 WHIP, 31.0 K%, 50.0 HardHit% in 10.1 IP

Recent Lineups

Miami Marlins recent lineups
Miami Marlins recent lineups
FanGraphs.com
Atlanta Braves recent lineups
Atlanta Braves recent lineups
FanGraphs.com

Please note that both the Marlins and Braves lineups listed here are by default the projections vs. RHP. The columns to the right with a red header are past lineups vs. LHP. Similarly, the columns to the right with a blue header are past lineups vs. RHP.


What to watch for on...

Monday: Sandy Alcantara faces the Braves for the first time since Game 1 of the 2020 NLDS.

  • Alcantara’s results from ALDS Game 1: 6.0+ IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (95 pitches)
  • Alcantara gave up a leadoff home run to Ronald Acuña Jr. and a pair of doubles in the third inning, but was otherwise able to wriggle out of a few jams and keep the team in the game through six innings. When he left with a one-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, Alcantara had just given up back-to-back singles. The bullpen ended up allowing back-to-back home runs and the Marlins could only muster one run over the next 20 innings, leading to a swift playoff exit. Alcantara has been sharp through his first two starts and will be looking to set the tone against the Braves this season.

Tuesday: Pablo López vs. Ronald Acuña Jr.

  • The tweet below came from Acuña Jr. after he was hit by a pitch in Game 1 of the ALDS.
  • The photo below the tweet is a screenshot from Baseball Savant showing Acuña Jr.’s four at-bats in Game 2 of the ALDS. Three of his four strikeouts were against Pablo López.
Acuña strikes out four at bats in a row Baseball Savant

Wednesday: 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman.

  • Freeman in 2020: .341/.462/.640 with 13 HR, 45 BB, 37 K
  • He started off the season a bit slow, but Freeman has homered in three straight games coming into the series. In the small sample size he has against Alcantara and López, the Fish prevail. We shouldn’t not watch Freeman in Monday’s and Tuesday’s game, but he hasn’t ever faced Wednesday’s starter, the young Neidert.

Thursday: Ozzie Albies vs. Trevor Rogers

  • Albies as RHH: .344/.378/.572 vs. as LHH: .253/.310/.432
  • With the left-hander Rogers on the mound, Albies, a switch hitter, will presumably hit right-handed. He’s had fewer opportunities to hit from the right side, but when he does his OPS is more than 200-points higher than from the left side.

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Marlins sweep, 4-0
    (1 vote)
  • 22%
    Marlins win, 3-1
    (7 votes)
  • 35%
    Tie, 2 wins apiece
    (11 votes)
  • 29%
    Braves win, 3-1
    (9 votes)
  • 9%
    Braves sweep, 4-0
    (3 votes)
31 votes total Vote Now