Atlanta’s strong pitching has sparked the Braves in the first two games of this series between NL East contenders at Marlins Park. The Marlins have mustered just seven hits and one run in 18 innings as the Braves have won the first two meetings. One night after Tim Hudson beat Miami with a complete-game, five-hit shutout, four Atlanta pitchers held the Marlins to just two hits. Atlanta and Miami now are tied for second in the NL East, two games behind division leader Washington.
The Miami Marlins had scored 19 runs in their previous four games before the Atlanta series. Miami looks to break out and avoid the sweep againstAtlanta Braves’s Mike Minor, who has struggled with home runs and could be ticketed for the minors when Kris Medlen is ready to assume a rotation spot next week. Left-hander Mark Buehrle goes for the Marlins, looking to rebound from a rough outing in his last start.
Braves Marlins Betting
When: 7:10 PM ET, Thursday, June 7, 2012
Where: Marlins Ballpark, Miami, Florida
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Atlanta), Fox Sports Florida (Miami).
PITCHING MATCHUP: Atlanta LH Mike Minor (2-4, 6.98 ERA) vs. Miami LH Mark Buehrle (5-5, 3.53).
Minor’s 13 homers allowed is the most by any NL hurler, and the 24-year-old’s ERA has ballooned since he went 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA in his first three starts. He has not pitched since allowing six hits and four runs in five innings May 26 against Washington.
Buehrle was hit hard in his last start, going just five innings and allowing 11 hits and four earned runs in a loss at Philadelphia. The left-hander has not walked a hitter in his past two starts, but has surrendered 19 hits in that same span (12 1/3 innings).
1. Buehrle beat Atlanta on May 16, giving up six hits and four runs in six innings.
2. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman left Wednesday’s game after being hit in the hand on a throw from Miami’s Jose Reyes while running the bases.
3. Reyes finished 0-for-4 Wednesday, ending his 15-game hitting streak.