Mike Foltynewicz (3-3, 5.40 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves (50-60) meet Tom Koehler (8-8, 3.71 ERA) and the Miami Marlins (43-67) in the third of a four-game division series at Turner Field. The Marlins lost the last game 6-3, extending a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and will air on FSFL and FSSO.
In his last start, Foltynewicz pitched 6.0 innings, allowing six runs and walking one in a 9-8 loss to the Giants. Juan Uribe (.266, 27 Rs, 11 HRs, 29 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Marlins were unsuccessful the last time Koehler pitched. He struggled, going 4.1 innings, allowing six runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 12-1 loss to the Mets.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is seven runs. Against teams in the NL East, the Braves have an SU record of 23-24. The Braves are a dangerous hitting team with 258 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB. Don't expect the Atlanta hitters to swing wildly. They average an NL-low 6.8 strikeouts per game. Atlanta's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.6 during that span, compared to its 4.4 season average.
Against divisional rivals, the Marlins are 15-26 SU. Miami is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 255 extra base hits. The Marlins have racked up 73 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Miami's pitching staff has allowed an average of 5.8 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.1.
The Braves have gotten the best of the Marlins in head-to-head matchups this season, going 9-2. This game will feature Koehler (RHP) on the mound against the Braves, who have a 41-49 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Marlins will be the right-hander Foltynewicz. They sport a 34-52 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Mia, O/U - Under
The Braves are 24-24 against other teams in their division, while the Marlins are 15-27 against their rivals.
When leading after 7 innings, Atlanta is 22-31, while Miami is 20-36.
The Marlins are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Braves have a 21-37 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Marlins are 9-42. The Braves have a 10-42 record when opponents outhit them.
Atlanta ranks at the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 69 this season. Miami ranks near the bottom at 28th with 81.
Atlanta and Miami both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Atlanta sits at eighth with 8.59 hits per game and Miami ranks 10th with 8.47.
Atlanta and Miami both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Atlanta sits at 27th with an OPS of .677 and Miami ranks 28th with an OPS of .676.
When the Marlins allow at least one home run, they are 19-41, well-matched with the Braves who are 20-41 when allowing at least one homer.