Series Preview: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

Greg Fiume

After a sweep of the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta welcomes the Marlins to town for a three-game set.

The Marlins, as they have been all season, are struggling. They enter with an overall record of 49-83, which puts them a whopping 31.5 games back of the division leading Braves. Miami has lost four straight, and eight of its last ten coming into tonight's series.

Offensively, as a team, it's not pretty. The Marlins are last in the National League in batting average (.229), on-base average (.290), slugging percentage (.331), wOBA (.276), wRC+ (70), Isolated power (.102) and home runs (75). They have the third worst walk rate at 7%, and are tied for ninth in strikeout rate at 9.9%.

Individually, the only lineup regulars with a wRC+ over 100 are Giancarlo Stanton and Logan Morrison. Stanton leads the team in fWAR at 2.0, and is hitting .249/.362/.474 with a .365 wOBA and 132 wRC+. Morrison has been worth -0.1 fWAR, but checks in with a triple slash of .263/.350/.406 with a .331 wOBA and 109 wRC+.

Outfielder Justin Ruggiano is hitting .218/.298/.396 with 15 home runs, 13 stolen bases and a wRC+ of 91, while rookie Christian Yelich sports a .254/.322/.355 line in his 34 games this season. Infielder Ed Lucas checks in at a meager .240/.308/.305 on the season.

Pitching matchups:

Friday August 30th, 7:30 PM ET. Fox Sports South.


Jose Fernandez

#16 / Pitcher / Miami Marlins

6-2

240

R

R

Jul 31, 1992



Julio Teheran

#49 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-2

175

R

R

Jan 27, 1991


Saturday August 31st, 7:10 PM ET. Fox Sports South.


Jacob Turner

#33 / Pitcher / Miami Marlins

6-5

215

R

R

May 21, 1991



Mike Minor

#36 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-3

210

R

L

Dec 26, 1987


Sunday September 1st, 5:00 PM ET. Fox Sports South.


Nathan Eovaldi

#24 / Pitcher / Miami Marlins

6-2

215

R

R

Feb 13, 1990



Alex Wood

#58 / Pitcher / Atlanta Braves

6-4

215

L

L

Jan 12, 1991


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