Atlanta’s starting rotation has made it to Anibal Sanchez, which means that it’s time to see if he can continue what’s been a very consistent season for him. Although his past five starts have been of varying quality (from holding the Brewers and Diamondbacks to one run apiece to getting five runs dropped on him against the Dodgers), there has been one common thread in those five starts: He’s made it through six innings.
Considering how late into spring training that he came into the fold and what the expectations were, that’s just about all you could ask from the 34-year-old veteran. To make things very simple, the Braves would love to get another six innings (or more) out of Anibal Sanchez against Miami tonight.
While Sanchez may have had a tiny element of surprise on his hands due to the fact that not too many current NL batters had any experience against him due to stint in Detroit, one player who may know what to expect from the veteran is our old friend, Martin Prado. Prado has 37 plate appearances against Sanchez and he’s actually done pretty well against Sanchez, with a .417/.432/.528 line, with a home run and a double in there. That’ll probably be the matchup to keep an eye on this evening.
Meanwhile, Pablo Lopez is going to be toeing the rubber for the Marlins tonight and this will be his sixth career start. In his first five starts, he’s been about as average as you can get, since he’s heading into this game with a 5.34 ERA and a 4.98 FIP under his belt. He has shown that he can shut a team down if he has a good night, which he proved against the Rays back on July 21 when he held them to just one run and two hits over six innings, with six strikeouts.
Here’s a look at what you should expect from a repertoire and velocity standpoint when it comes to Pablo Lopez:
Of course, what we would all love to see is the Braves continue what they did last night, which is to go out there, jump on Miami from the word go and get on the front foot with regards to a potential sweep. That and another solid start from Anibal Sanchez would be fantastic, so here’s hoping that we actually get to see it tonight.
Game Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1, 7:35 PM ET
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, GA
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM, WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network