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Marlins vs. Braves Series Preview

All the details for the Marlins weekend series against the Braves.

Miami Marlins shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr. (2) scores a run in the 7th inning against the Atlanta Braves at loanDepot park. Photo by Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins head south for a 3-game series against the Atlanta Braves. The Braves currently sit in third place, 3.5 games back from the division lead. The Marlins are in fifth, 8.0 games back.

This series preview will give you all the details:

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

Schedule, Watch, Listen

Friday, July 2 at 7:20 pm

Saturday, July 3 at 4:10 pm

Sunday, July 4 at 1:20 pm

  • TV broadcast for all 3 games: Bally Sports Florida
  • Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710

Probable Pitchers

Friday: RHP Pablo López vs. LHP Drew Smyly

  • López: 2.87 ERA, 1.077 WHIP, 25.8 K%, 33.1 HardHit% in 91.0 IP
  • Smyly: 4.79 ERA, 1.315 WHIP, 19.7 K%, 43.0 HardHit% in 67.2 IP

Saturday: RHP Sandy Alcantara vs. LHP Kyle Muller

  • Alcantara: 3.12 ERA, 1.069 WHIP, 21.7 K%, 36.8 HardHit% in 106.2 IP
  • Muller: 2.70 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 32.5 K%, 30.4 HardHit% in 10.0 IP

Sunday: RHP Zach Thompson vs. RHP Charlie Morton

  • Thompson: 1.50 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 34.3 K%, 45.0 HardHit% in 18.0 IP
  • Morton: 3.74 ERA, 1.131 WHIP, 27.5 K%, 34.1 HardHit% in 86.2 IP

Recent Lineups

MIA Recent Lineups: Chisholm Jr., Marte, Aguilar, Duvall, Rojas, Sánchez, Alfaro, Panik. MIA Bench: Cooper, Berti, León, Sierra. MIA IL: Anderson, Devers. ATL Recent Lineups: Acuña Jr., Freeman, Albies, Riley, Swanson, Heredia, Almonte, Contreras. ATL Bench: Adrianza, Smith, Inciarte, Sandoval. ATL IL: Ozuna, d’Arnaud, Jackson.
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.
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What to watch for on...

Friday: Can Pablo López step it up against the Braves?

  • López’s two 2021 starts against Atlanta: 7.0 IP, 15 H, 10 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, 3 HR.
  • Looking at all of López’s starts this season, both outings against the Braves were two of his worst this season. One match-up to look for is when Freddie Freeman comes to the plate. He’s been hot at the plate over the last two weeks (.339/.403/.464) and has faced López the most with decent results.
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) gestures to the dugout after doubling in the 1st inning against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park. 
Freddie Freeman
Photo by Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports

Saturday: Marlins face the Braves #5 prospect, Kyle Muller.

  • Two of Muller’s three outings were starts, and he was fantastic in both.
  • Against the Reds last week, Muller went five strong innings, allowed just one hit, and struck out nine batters. He recorded 16 whiffs and walked just two batters.

Sunday: Marlins face veteran Charlie Morton.

  • Morton vs. Marlins on June 11: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K.
  • He wasn’t sharp against the Marlins in early June, but current Marlins hitters haven’t had much success against Morton (.226 batting average, 4 walks, 19 strikeouts). Two of the four hits he allowed in his previous start came off the bat of Jazz Chisholm Jr. He’s been cold at the plate, but look for him to get going against the Braves right-hander.

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
    (0 votes)
  • 50%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (6 votes)
  • 16%
    Braves win, 2-1
    (2 votes)
  • 33%
    Braves sweep, 3-0
    (4 votes)
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