The Miami Marlins will wrap up the first half of the 2021 season with three games against the Atlanta Braves. They took three of four against the Dodgers and will look to gain some ground against their division opponent.
This series preview will give you all the details:
- Schedule, Watch, Listen
- Probable Pitchers
- Recent Lineups
- What To Watch For
Update: Friday’s starter Zach Thompson has been scratched due to a non-COVID related illness. Anthony Bass will make his first start since 2012.
Schedule, Watch, Listen
Friday, July 9 at 7:10 pm
Saturday, July 10 at 4:10 pm
Sunday, July 11 at 1:10 pm
- TV broadcast for all 3 games: Bally Sports Florida
- Radio broadcast for all 3 games: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
- Charlie Morton, Braves starting pitcher on Friday Photo by Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports
- Zach Thompson, Marlins starting pitcher on Friday Photo by Quinn Harris/USA TODAY Sports
- Max Fried, Braves starting pitcher on Saturday Photo by Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports
- Trevor Rogers, Marlins starting pitcher on Saturday Photo by Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports
- Ian Anderson, Braves starting pitcher on Sunday Photo by Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports
- Pablo López, Marlins starting pitcher on Sunday Photo by Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports
- Morton: 3.91 ERA, 1.141 WHIP, 27.7 K%, 34.6 HardHit% in 92.0 IP
- Thompson: 2.25 ERA, 1.000 WHIP, 32.0 K%, 43.9 HardHit% in 24.0 IP
- Fried: 4.66 ERA, 1.345 WHIP, 23.0 K%, 32.3 HardHit% in 67.2 IP
- Rogers: 2.22 ERA, 1.048 WHIP, 30.3 K%, 36.6 HardHit% in 97.1 IP
- Anderson: 3.27 ERA, 1.164 WHIP, 24.4 K%, 40.6 HardHit% in 93.2 IP
- López: 2.94 ERA, 1.084 WHIP, 26.6 K%, 33.5 HardHit% in 95.0 IP
What to watch for on...
Friday: Charlie Morton has back-to-back starts against the Marlins.
- Morton vs. Marlins on July 4: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR.
- Morton started the game that ended up being the Marlins’ “worst loss of the season.” It was a rough series for the Fish, but they’re coming off a great series against the Dodgers and will be looking to ride the wave into the All-Star Break. Adam Duvall, who we haven’t seen the past few games because he’s been under the weather, took Morton deep last week and crushes the Braves. If he’s healthy, look for him in this series.
- Rojas vs. LHP in 2021: .333/.425/.493.
- Rojas, along with Jesús Aguilar, Pablo López, and Sandy León, will be celebrating their Venezuelan heritage at the ballpark on Saturday. He’s hit the Braves’ lefty well, going 5-for-14 with two doubles and a home run against Fried, and Rojas generally hits left-handed pitchers better than right-handed pitchers. His OPS this season is 301 points higher — .918 vs. 617 — against LHP.
Sunday: Can we all be adults? (cc: Braves manager Brian Snitker)
- We all remember Pablo López’s one-pitch outing against the Braves last week, getting tossed after accidentally hitting Ronald Acuña Jr. with a 91.6 MPH sinker.
- The whole situation has been discussed endlessly, so I won’t rehash it here except to say that pitchers have to pitch inside to have success against Acuña Jr. We’ll see how that goes on Sunday afternoon.
How will this series play out?
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Marlins sweep, 3-0
Marlins win, 2-1
Braves win, 2-1
Braves sweep, 3-0