After sweeping the Nationals in Washington and claiming first place for their own for the first time all season, the Atlanta Braves are now rolling in high gear as they continue this road trip with the first of three games against the Marlins.
One of the reasons why this is a pretty notable game is the fact that this is Adam Duvall’s return to the team that took him in after the Braves decided not to re-sign him ahead of this current season. Duvall did pretty well in a Marlins uniform but it really seemed like he saved his best for whenever the Braves rolled around. Back on April 13, Duvall racked up 7 RBIs against Atlanta and then added another 4 RBIs against the Braves on July 4. Duvall finished his stint with the Marlins with five home runs hit in just 12 games against the Braves. Needless to say, we are currently overjoyed as fans to know that Duvall is going to start this Braves/Marlins series with the Braves and the Marlins will surely miss the production he had against Atlanta this season.
The pitcher who will be greeting the Braves on the mound tonight will be Braxton Garrett, who is making his seventh start of the 2021 campaign this evening. Garrett has given up at least two runs in five of those six starts and his past three starts have been really interesting to observe. Starting on July 24 against the Padres, Garrett actually went seven inning and only gave up two runs in a win for Miami. He continued those good vibes into his August 5 start against the Mets — he did give up five hits and walked four batters but nobody crossed the plate to score a run while he was on the mound in that one. Then the Padres got a second chance at him a few days ago and they tagged him for five runs in just 3.1 innings. The obvious hope here is that the Braves are the team that compounds Garrett’s struggles as a starter this season, instead of being part of what looked like a turnaround for a little bit for Garrett.
Meanwhile on the Braves’ side of things, Touki Toussaint will be returning to the mound for his sixth start of this season. Touki was fantastic in his first two starts, hit a major blip in his third start, and then had a couple of decent outings for his most recent two starts. Overall, Touki has been showing some promising stuff here in 2021 — aside from that absolute clunker he threw against the Brewers on July 30th, Touki has allowed two runs on less in the rest of his other starts and he’s also made it at least five innings into the game in those other starts as well. Hopefully Touki can keep on giving the Braves some really good stuff tonight, as he’ll be facing a Marlins team that has not really been hitting the ball well at their home ballpark in Miami this season. If Touki gets lit up by a Marlins team that has a 95 wRC+ and just a .131 Isolated Power number at home, it’ll truly be a crying shame.
The Marlins have given the Braves fits this season, as Miami actually has a 7-6 edge on Atlanta this season. With that being said, the Braves have been a completely different team here in the second half of the season and this is the first time that the Marlins will be seeing this new look Braves team. Will the Fish continue being a thorn in Atlanta’s side, or will the Braves start consolidating their position as the top dogs in the NL East by continuing their winning ways as of late? It’s time for the Braves to keep on taking care of business against weaker opposition.
Game Date/Time: Monday, August 16, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: loanDepot park, Miami, FL
TV: Bally Sports South
Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network