Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins series primer
Fans of pitcher’s duels need look no further than this week’s three-game series between Atlanta and Miami at Marlins Park.
Two of the three matchups will be rematches of last week’s contests at Turner Field.
Marlins ace Jose Fernandez tied a career high with 14 strikeouts, while Braves lefty Alex Wood set a career high with 11 in a 1-0 Miami victory. With the help of two relievers, the teams combined to strike out 28 batters with no walks, the most in a game since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
A pair of late spring training signees will close out the series for the Braves.
Righty Aaron Harang boasts the lowest National League starter ERA (0.85). Nathan Eovaldi, who has four quality starts this year, will square off against him again. Righty Ervin Santana looks to beat the Marlins for the first time in three tries. Righty Henderson Alvarez has given up two runs over his past two starts.
Twice catcher Evan Gattis drove in the game-winning runs against the Marlins for the Braves (17-7), who have taken five of their last six games and sit atop the NL East.
The Marlins (11-14) sit in the cellar of the division after losses in five of their last six. Miami, however, is 9-4 at home compared to 2-10 on the road.
Here’s a look at the upcoming Braves-Marlins series …
SCHEDULE AND PROBABLE PITCHERS
LF Justin Upton (Braves): Upton went 6 for 11 with two home runs, four RBI, two runs, one walk and one strikeout in the weekend set with the Reds. His performance over the three games bumped his average to .321, second on the team behind Freddie Freeman (.344).
C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Marlins): After going hitless in four straight to start the week, Saltalamacchia has a hit in his past three games. Salty blasted a pair of late-inning homers at Citi Field. He has also walked three times and scored twice.
2B Dan Uggla (Braves): Uggla is batting just .189 (7 for 37) over his past 10 games with three runs, no homers and no RBI. He has walked twice and struck out 15 times. The former Marlin has gone hitless in four of those games.
LF Christian Yelich (Marlins): Yelich is 0 for 11 since having his career-long 17-game hit streak snapped on Friday against the Mets. He has struck out three times and walked twice with no runs and no RBI in the leadoff spot.
0.85: ERA for Braves righty Aaron Harang, lowest among any NL starter
17: RBI for Braves catcher Evan Gattis in 13 games against the Marlins (most vs. any team)
9: Consecutive scoreless innings for the Miami bullpen since closer Steve Cishek’s blown save on
41: Strikeouts by Marlins batters in the three-game series in Atlanta last week
"We definitely had opportunities. We had plenty of opportunities in Atlanta to win at least two of those games, and really should have won two of these games as well. We know we’re right there, but at the same time, we’ve got to execute. We’ve got to execute better offensively, we’ve got to execute better pitching-wise." — Manager Mike Redmond, to reporters in New York, about the club’s 2-4 roadtrip
"It represents everything that we went through the whole year. A lot of guys play a long time to get one of these or even make it, so I’m pretty fortunate." — Jarrod Saltalamacchia, to reporters in New York, about his Red Sox World Series ring
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