Bud Norris will take the ball for the Braves in this one, where he'll look to improve the 6.00 ERA that he's compiled over two starts and 12 innings thus far. His peripherals certainly show that he's been better than that, but at this stage in the season it's not a huge surprise that there's such a big gap in his ERA, FIP and xFIP.
Going against Norris is Tom Koehler, who is coming off of a 6.1-inning outing against the Nationals where he struck out six, walked four and gave up eight hits. The Marlins will look for Koehler to continue pitching deep into the game as some of their starters have struggled in that regard so far.
While Koehler has posted a 1.84 ERA thus far, current Braves batters are hitting a collective .341 against the righty. Hopefully that means Freddie Freeman is able to continue putting together performances like he did yesterday, when he went 1-for-4 with a pair of runs. Freeman is just 3-for-28 (.107) this season, and he's obviously the team's most dangerous offensive weapon. This team is only going as far as Freeman can guide them.
Atlanta is in a great spot right now though, as our good friend Lou Brown, from Major League, can attest to.
"OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it's called two in a row. And if we win again tomorrow, it's called a "winning streak"... It has happened before!"
It hasn't happened before for this particular edition of the Atlanta Braves... but it's possible. Let's see what happens.