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4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST6:50 PM VEN3:20 UAE (+1)5:20 PM CT, September 11, 2021
Truist Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 35,250

Braves' Adam Duvall seeks 100th RBI vs. former team, Marlins

According to STATS
According to STATS

Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

  1. This will be the final series of the season between these teams. The Braves hold a 9-7 edge in the season series and have won six of the last seven between them. Miami has not won a season series against Atlanta since 2014 (10-9).
  2. The Marlins took the last two of a three-game set with the Mets this week and are now 8-5 in their last 13. They haven't won three in a row since a four-game winning streak in mid-August.
  3. The Braves won the rubber match of a three-game series with the Nationals on Thursday, 7-6 -- it was their sixth one-run game in their last nine, and just the second one of those that they have won.
  4. Trevor Rogers allowed two runs (both earned) in 4.1 innings against the Phillies in his last start, his first since July 31. He has allowed exactly two earned runs in each of his last six starts.
  5. Ian Anderson allowed four runs (all earned) in 3.0 innings on Saturday in Colorado, tying a season high. It was the seventh time he's allowed four earned runs this year -- the Braves are 1-6 in those games.
  6. Freddie Freeman's birthday is on September 12. He has played a game on his birthday in each of his 11 previous seasons in the majors, slashing .405/.435/.595. The Braves are 5-6 in those games but have won four of the last five.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/10/2021 thru 9/12/2021

Be wary of Adam Duvall with runners on base.

If any team knows that warning well, it's the Miami Marlins, who will play the second game of a three-game road series on Saturday night against the Atlanta Braves.

Duvall, who extended his hitting streak to nine games Friday in Atlanta's 6-2 win over Miami, started this season with the Marlins. However, after Miami fell out of contention, the Marlins sent Duvall to Atlanta for catcher Alex Jackson on July 30.

Braves manager Brian Snitker loves having Duvall at the plate with runners on base. In those scenarios, Duvall is batting .293 (61-for-208) with 22 homers. With no one on base, Duvall is hitting .172 (42-for-244) with 12 home runs.

"I don't know how to explain (that disparity)," Snitker said.

When runners are in scoring position, Duvall is particularly effective, hitting .320 (40-for-125) with 15 homers.

Speaking to Duvall's ability to hit in the clutch, Snitker added, "What a great trait to have. I love players who have that tendency. He's a different guy with runners in scoring position. He gets locked in."

Duvall, who leads the National League with 99 RBIs, is closing in on what would be just his second career 100-RBI season. He drove in 103 with the Cincinnati Reds in 2016.

Of Duvall's career-high 34 homers this year, four have come in his past five games.

The NL East-leading Braves, who are just 7-9 in their past 16 games, should be wary of the Marlins. Miami just took two of three from the New York Mets and also two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies in their two most recent series, the two teams that are chasing Atlanta for the division crown.

Atlanta (75-65) is 10-7 this year against the Marlins (59-82). In their past 11 games against Miami, the Braves are 9-2.

Another trend to watch is Miami's road struggles this year (21-48). Atlanta is 36-33 at home.

Saturday's pitching matchup features a pair of right-handers. Elieser Hernandez (1-1, 3.90 ERA) will start for Miami against Atlanta's Charlie Morton (13-5, 3.47).

Hernandez is 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA in nine career appearances against the Braves, but he hasn't faced them this year.

The Marlins are 3-4 this year when starting Hernandez, who has not lasted longer than 5 1/3 innings.

Marlins batters, who struck out 17 times on Friday, might struggle against Morton's assortment of off-speed pitches.

In 18 career starts against the Marlins, Morton is 9-5 with a 4.04 ERA. He has been comfortable in Miami, going 5-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven starts.

Morton, 37, will have to be wary of Marlins rookie right fielder Jesus Sanchez, who has slugged eight homers this season, including one on Friday that was measured at 429 feet.

"I think this will be a good finish to the season for him," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Sanchez. "From last year to this year, there has been vast improvement."

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, who rested Friday in his first game off since Sept. 19, 2019, is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday.

For the Marlins, third baseman Brian Anderson was ruled out for the season on Friday and will undergo left shoulder surgery. First baseman Jesus Aguilar (knee) also landed on the injured list this week.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 11, 2021


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