Atlanta hosts Miami, aims to build on Teheran’s strong performance
Atlanta; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Braves -276; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Atlanta heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Julio Teheran. Teheran pitched seven innings, surrendering zero runs on five hits with nine strikeouts against Miami.
The Braves are 34-21 against the rest of their division. Atlanta has a collective on-base percentage of .333, good for third in the National League. Freddie Freeman leads the team with a mark of .388.
The Marlins are 18-41 against NL East Division teams. Miami ranks last in the National League in hitting with a .240 batting average. Garrett Cooper leads the team with an average of .284. The Braves won the last meeting 5-0. Julio Teheran notched his eighth victory and Adeiny Hechavarria went 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs for Atlanta. Caleb Smith took his seventh loss for Miami.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ronald Acuna Jr. leads the Braves with 36 home runs and is batting .298. Freeman is 10-for-37 with four home runs and 10 RBIs over the last 10 games for Atlanta.
LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 7-3, .238 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs
Marlins: 2-8, .251 batting average, 7.21 ERA, outscored by 36 runs
Braves Injuries: Jacob Webb: (elbow), Darren O’Day: (forearm), Grant Dayton: (toe), Austin Riley: (knee), Nick Markakis: (wrist), Ender Inciarte: (hamstring), Dansby Swanson: (foot), Brian McCann: (knee).
Marlins Injuries: Jose Urena: (back), Drew Steckenrider: (elbow), Pablo Lopez: (shoulder), Elieser Hernandez: (blister), Tayron Guerrero: (finger), Julian Fernandez: (elbow), JT Riddle: (forearm), Cesar Puello: (hip), Neil Walker: (finger), Miguel Rojas: (hamstring), Chad Wallach: (concussion).