The Braves were thoroughly embarrassed by the lowly Marlins on Thursday, with Dallas Keuchel allowing eight runs across 32⁄3 innings in a 9-2 loss. For reference, Miami scored eight total runs during a four-game sweep at the hands of the Mets earlier this week, so to call this offensive outburst surprising would be a mild understatement. Nonetheless, the Braves have another shot at the Marlins tonight, with Julio Teheran taking the ball in what will be his fourth start against Miami this season.
In his previous three starts against the Marlins in 2019, Teheran has yet to allow a run while surrendering just nine hits across 18 innings of work. In addition to his fine work against the Fish, Teheran has been very good of late, having allowed just eight earned runs over his previous six starts dating back to June. Opponents have produced a putrid .206/.294/.310 batting line during that time period, though that is heavily influenced by a .256 batting average on balls in play. That string of good luck could certainly benefit the Braves tonight, as they look to bounce back from a poor showing a night ago.
Opposing Teheran for the Marlins will be left-hander Caleb Smith, who has faced Atlanta twice this season. In those two starts, Smith is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA across 12 innings pitched. Smith has struck out more than a batter per inning against the Braves, but has also allowed four home runs to the potent Atlanta lineup. Smith has been very good since the end of June, much like Teheran, as he has a 5-1 record with a 3.25 ERA over his previous six starts. A .194/.279/.364 over that stretch speaks to his effectiveness, though a .235 BABIP suggests that he has benefited from good fortune as well.
The only Marlins batters with any previous success against Teheran are Curtis Granderson (3 HR), Martin Prado (13-for-39), and Brian Anderson (4-for-13, HR), which should bode well for the right-hander as he looks to continue his good work against Miami.
Caleb Smith has found difficulty with two Braves in particular, as Freddie Freeman (4-for-9, HR) and Ozzie Albies (3-for-9) have been successful against the left-hander.
With the Braves losing and the Nationals idle on Thursday, the division lead now stands at just 51⁄2 games. Atlanta will look to right the wrongs of a night ago, with an eye toward extending their lead over Washington as the Nationals begin a three-game series with the red-hot Mets, who are now tied with the Phillies for third-place in the NL East.
Game Date/Time: Friday, August 9th, 7:10 pm
Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
TV: Fox Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, Rock 100.5, Braves Radio Network