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Braves vs. Marlins Series Preview

The Marlins wrap up the first half of the season with a home series against the Braves.

Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas (19) turns a double play over Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) during the fourth inning at Truist Park.  Photo by Dale Zanine/USA TODAY Sports

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

Probable Pitchers

Friday: RHP Charlie Morton vs. RHP Zach Thompson

  • 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

Saturday: LHP Max Fried vs. LHP Trevor Rogers

  • 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

Sunday: RHP Ian Anderson vs. RHP Pablo López

  • 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

Recent Lineups

ATL Recent Lineups: Acuña Jr., Freeman, Albies, Riley, Heredia, Swanson, Arcia, Smith. ATL Bench: Almonte, Adrianza, Lucroy, Inciarte, Sandoval. ATL IL: Ozuna, d’Arnaud, Jackson. MIA Recent Lineups: Chisholm Jr., Marte, Cooper, Aguilar, Rojas, Sánchez, Alfaro, Panik. MIA Bench: Duvall, León, Sierra, Berti. MIA IL: Anderson, Devers.
Please note that both the Braves and Marlins 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: 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.

Saturday: Miguel Rojas vs. Max Fried on Marlins’ Venezuelan Heritage Celebration.

  • 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.
Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) reacts after being hit by a pitch as Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro (38) looks on in the first inning at Truist Park. 
Ronald Acuña Jr. (left) and Jorge Alfaro
Photo by Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports

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.

Poll

How will this series play out?

This poll is closed

  • 0%
    Marlins sweep, 3-0
    (0 votes)
  • 38%
    Marlins win, 2-1
    (5 votes)
  • 46%
    Braves win, 2-1
    (6 votes)
  • 15%
    Braves sweep, 3-0
    (2 votes)
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