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Miami0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3120
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  W: T. Matzek (2-2)   L: E. Hernandez (2-6)   S: K. Jansen (25)
3:40 PM PT4:40 PM MT5:40 PM CT6:40 PM ET18:40 ET22:40 GMT6:40 3:40 PM MST5:40 PM EST6:10 PM VEN2:40 UAE (+1)4:40 PM CT, August 12, 2022
loanDepot park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 10,459

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According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins

  1. The Braves lead the season series five games to four including two of three in Miami from May 20-22. All nine matchups were decided by three or fewer runs and eight of the nine games had a pitcher recording a save, with only Sandy Alcantara's complete game win on May 22 as the exception.
  2. The Braves swept the two-game series in Boston after losing four of five against the Mets in New York. Atlanta scored nine and eight runs in its last two games. Earlier this season they scored eight or more in three straight games (June 13-15) for the first time since 2019.
  3. Ronald Acuna Jr. is hitting .440 in his last six games (11-for-25). He is hitting .325 all-time against the Marlins with 21 home runs and 53 RBI, both personal bests against a single opponent.
  4. The Marlins defeated the Phillies in Philadelphia yesterday, 3-0. They have not won two straight since July 13-14. They are 3-9 in their last 12 games and all three wins were won by the score of 3-0 (August 3, August 7, August 11).
  5. Pablo Lopez was 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA with opponents hitting .200 against him in 10 starts in April and May combined, but he is 3-5 with a 5.15 ERA with opponents hitting .259 in 12 starts since. He is 3-6 against the Braves all-time but won his last outing against them back on July 11, 2021.
  6. Michael Harris II is hitting .357 (10-for-28) with six runs scored over his last eight games. The Braves are 24-9 this season when he scores a run. He is hitting .299 against the National League East but is only batting .167 (1-for-6) in two games against the Marlins.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2022 thru 8/13/2022

The Atlanta Braves will aim for their third straight win on Friday when they open a four-game series against the host Miami Marlins.

The Braves are just 5-4 against Miami this season. Atlanta had lost five of six before completing an abbreviated two-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox.

"We had a rough weekend," said Braves manager Brian Snitker, referencing Atlanta dropping four of five games to the New York Mets. "I did not think this was going to be bump-free."

The Marlins, meanwhile, have had to navigate a lot of obstacles in their 2022 journey.

Miami snapped a two-game skid and ended the Philadelphia Phillies' seven-game win streak with a 3-0 victory on Thursday afternoon.

It wasn't easy. Marlins closer Tanner Scott created a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning before ending the game.

"Tanner makes it interesting," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Scott posted his first career four-out save. "They are not that many clean ones."

Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez (7-7, 3.57 ERA) will take the mound in the series opener against Braves right-hander Jake Odorizzi (4-4, 3.76).

Atlanta acquired Odorizzi from the Houston Astros before the trade deadline. He suffered the loss in his Braves debut Saturday when he allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 2/3 innings to the New York Mets.

Odorizzi is 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins.

Lopez has struggled in his career against the Braves. He is 3-6 with a 5.70 ERA in 12 career starts versus Atlanta.

However, Lopez is significantly better at home in his career, with a 3.16 ERA in Miami versus a 4.83 ERA on the road.

Lopez started this season brilliantly, posting a 3-0 record and a 0.39 ERA in four starts in April. He had a 5.34 ERA in June, 4.65 in July and didn't start August too well on Saturday. He allowed four runs on nine hits in five innings during a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Obviously, the Marlins want to get Lopez back on track. They are 12-10 when Lopez starts this year, albeit 0-2 in his last two starts.

Lopez will face a Braves team dealing with injuries, with second basemen Ozzie Albies (broken foot) and Orlando Arcia (left hamstring) sidelined. Albies has been out since June.

But Braves rookie second baseman Vaughn Grissom homered and stole a base in his major league debut on Wednesday. At age 21, he is the youngest player in MLB history to belt a homer and steal a base in his debut, according to MLB.com.

Grissom, who was Atlanta's 11th-round pick in 2019, is a native of Florida, which adds another twist to this weekend's series.

Atlanta's farm system has now produced two new starters this season. In addition to Grissom, Braves center fielder Michael Harris II has played brilliantly in 65 games. Harris is hitting .289 with 10 homers, an .809 OPS and 12 steals without getting caught.

The Braves' top players this year have been first baseman Matt Olson (36 doubles, 21 homers, .815 OPS), shortstop Dansby Swanson (24 doubles, 16 homers, .811 OPS) and third baseman Austin Riley (33 doubles, 30 homers, .948 OPS).

–Field Level Media

Updated August 12, 2022


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