MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Atlanta3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 691
Miami0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 491
  W: D. Smyly (3-3)   L: P. López (2-4)   S: W. Smith (12)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, June 13, 2021
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Marlins aim to complete sweep of sputtering Braves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins

  1. Miami won the first series between these teams, 3-1 in Atlanta in April. However, Atlanta has had success playing in Miami, going 10-3 on the road since 2019.
  2. The Atlanta Braves are currently tied for the most home runs in baseball with the Giants (90). They have the most home runs per game overall (1.50), but rank only 15th in MLB in home runs per game when playing on the road (1.19).
  3. The Marlins beat the Rockies 11-4 on Thursday, snapping a 51-game streak without scoring in double-digits, their longest single-season streak since they went the first 60 games of the 2018 without 10+ runs.
  4. Ronald Acuna Jr. has 20 HR and 48 RBI in 48 career games against the Marlins. Only one player has more HR against a single opponent since 2018 (Mike Trout -- 21 HR vs. Sea) and only one player has more RBI against a single opponent since 2018 (J.D. Martinez -- 49 vs. Bal). In the April series against the Marlins, Acuna scored 2+ runs in all four games.
  5. Since coming back from the IL on May 28, Starling Marte has collected 18 hits and eight runs to go along with three stolen bases. The only other player in the NL to have 15+ hits, 5+ runs and 3+ stolen bases is Atlanta's Ozzie Albies (15/6/3).
  6. Charlie Morton has won three straight starts, and his 2.74 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in his last four starts have helped the Braves go 4-0. In his last outing, Sandy Alcantara helped the Marlins snap an 8-game losing streak throwing 8.0 innings, allowing zero earned runs at Pittsburgh.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/11/2021 thru 6/13/2021

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was asked about the Atlanta Braves on Saturday, and his answer likely was representative of what many baseball analysts are feeling.

"You know they're going to keep coming," Mattingly said of the Braves. "When they break out, they break out big."

That breakout did not happen on Saturday as Miami posted a 4-2 win over Atlanta.

The Braves will start lefty Drew Smyly (2-3, 5.82 ERA) on Sunday as they attempt to avoid a three-game sweep against Miami.

Atlanta is mired in its fourth four-game losing skid of the season.

The Braves have struggled to close out games, ranking tied for 24th with 12 saves (in 23 chances). The Braves are also 18th overall in ERA (4.34).

Manager Brian Snitker, who has led the Braves to three straight division crowns in the National League East, is preaching patience.

"We've been through this all year," Snitker said. "We've had to handle tough situations, and we have. We've just got to continue to prepare and play hard."

Smyly is 1-1 with a 4.15 ERA in three career appearances against the Marlins, including two starts. He has pitched just once in Miami, tossing one scoreless inning in relief.

The Braves are 3-7 this season when Smyly pitches. Part of the problem for Smyly is that he hasn't given his team length of late, lasting just 4 1/3 innings in each of his previous two starts.

Right-handed hitters are doing fairly well against Smyly - a .250 average and an .810 OPS. Smyly, however, has really struggled against lefty batters -- .304 batting average and 1.024 OPS.

The Marlins will start right-hander Pablo Lopez (2-3, 2.76), who is coming off a career-high eight-inning performance against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday.

Lopez, who is 2-4 with a 5.24 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves, escaped with a no-decision in his last encounter with Atlanta on April 13. He allowed six runs on nine hits in just four innings, but he received a lot of offensive support as the Marlins recorded a 14-8 victory.

Miami has won five of six meetings with Atlanta this season.

In addition, the Marlins are 4-1 on this homestand. The Marlins took two of three from the Colorado Rockies before facing Atlanta.

That's a radical change in momentum for the Marlins, who arrived home on Tuesday fresh off a 1-8 road trip.

"This is what we needed after that trip," Mattingly said. "Hopefully, we can close out (the Braves on Sunday). We can't afford to stop."

The Marlins are not a powerhouse offensively, ranking 24th in runs, 25th in OPS and 26th in homers.

But the Marlins are hanging around due to their stellar pitching (seventh in the majors in ERA at 3.51).

--Field Level Media

Updated June 13, 2021

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