The Atlanta Braves saw their four-game winning streak come to an end Sunday night in controversial fashion. They will have to put that behind them Monday when they open up a four-game series against the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins come into Atlanta with a 2-6 record. Miami dropped 2 of 3 to the Rays to open the season and were then swept in a three-game series at home by the Cardinals. They split two games in New York against the Mets before Sunday’s game was suspended in the first inning due to inclement weather.
Monday, April 12, 7:20 p.m. ET (Bally Sports South)
Sandy Alcantara (2 GS, 12.0 IP, 35.4 K%, 8.3 BB%, 1.50 ERA, 1.23 xERA, 1.61 FIP, 3.08 xFIP)
The Braves will draw a tough matchup in Monday’s opener. Right-hander Sandy Alcantara is off to another good start this season and pitched well last time out against the Cardinals, tying a career-high with 10 strikeouts while allowing four hits, and two earned runs over six innings. He has struck out 17 batters over 12 innings over his first two starts. Alcantara has faced the Braves three times in his career allowing five earned runs and striking out 13 in 18 2/3 innings, but also gave up five runs in five innings to them in last year’s NLDS, though that came with an 8/1 K/BB ratio.
Huascar Ynoa (2 G, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 23.8 K%, 4.8 BB%, 0.00 ERA, 4.53 xERA, 2.03 FIP, 2.91 xFIP)
Brian Snitker confirmed Sunday that Huascar Ynoa will operate as the team’s fifth starter at least through their upcoming series in Chicago. Ynoa started the second game of Atlanta’s doubleheader in Washington last Wednesday in what was described beforehand as a bullpen game. He then went out and allowed just two hits and struck out five over five scoreless innings.
Tuesday, April 13, 7:20 p.m. ET (Bally Sports South)
Pablo Lopez (2 GS, 11.2 IP, 23.8 K%, 9.5 BB%, 1.54 ERA, 3.93 xERA, 3.62 FIP, 3.71 xFIP)
Pablo Lopez is another Marlins pitcher who has gotten off to a good start in 2021. Lopez allowed three hits and two runs over 6 2/3 innings in his last start against the Cardinals. Those are the only two runs he has allowed over 11 2/3 innings this season. Lopez has had mixed results in his career against Atlanta. In eight starts, he has allowed 39 hits and 20 earned runs in 40 2/3 innings. In last year’s NLDS, the Braves tagged Lopez for two solo homers, the only runs he or the Marlins allowed in the game, giving him a loss despite a 7/0 K/BB ratio in five innings.
Max Fried (2 GS, 7.0 IP, 28.2 K%, 7.7 BB%, 9.00 ERA, 5.80 xERA, 3.62 FIP, 3.27 xFIP)
Max Fried will be trying to bounce back and get his season headed back in the right direction. Fried started Game 1 of Atlanta’s doubleheader in Washington last Wednesday and struggled, allowing eight hits and five runs in just two innings. He was hit in the lower leg with a liner back through the box and exited the game at the end of the inning, although he said he was fine in the postgame.
Wednesday, April 14, 7:20 p.m. ET (Bally Sports South)
Nick Neidert (1 GS, 4.1 IP, 15.0 K%, 25.0 BB%, 2.08 ERA, 5.62 xERA, 5.27 FIP, 6.89 xFIP)
Nick Neidert will make his second career start in Wednesday’s game. Neidert stepped into the rotation following an injury to Elieser Hernandez and allowed three hits and five walks, but just one run in 4 1/3 innings against the Mets.
Charlie Morton (2 GS, 11.0 IP, 26.7 K%, 6.7 BB%, 3.27 ERA, 3.85 xERA, 2.10 FIP, 2.90 xFIP)
Charlie Morton has given the Braves exactly what they were hoping for over his first two starts. Morton held the Phillies to four hits and one run over six innings last time out. He has struck out 12 and walked three over 11 innings so far this season.
Thursday, April 15, 12:20 p.m. ET (Bally Sports South, MLB Network)
Trevor Rogers (2 GS, 10.0 IP, 40.0 K%, 15.0 BB%, 1.80 ERA, 2.83 xERA, 1.79 FIP, 3.20 xFIP)
Trevor Rogers struck out 10 and outdueled Jacob deGrom in his last start against the Mets. Rogers allowed three hits over six scoreless innings. Rogers has faced the Braves once in the regular season his career allowing eight hits and five runs in just four innings, but also gave up three runs in relief of Sixto Sanchez as the Marlins were eliminated in Game 3 of the NLDS last year.
Ian Anderson (2 GS, 10.1 IP, 31.0 K%, 7.1 BB%, 4.35 ERA, 5.65 xERA, 5.32 FIP, 2.23 xFIP)
Ian Anderson pitched well in his home debut but a couple of solo home runs marred his final line: he allowed five hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings to the Phillies. He has struck out 13 and walked three over 10 1/3 innings spanning two starts. Anderson faced the Marlins twice in 2021 and allowed just one earned run and struck out 10 over 8 2/3 innings. He also held them scoreless in the NLDS over 5 2/3 innings with a 8/1 K/BB ratio.