The Miami Marlins pulled off an impressive win on Wednesday, in what could have been the final start for Ricky Nolasco as a Marlin. Nolasco struck out seven in seven innings of work, including his 1000th career strikeout. He positioned the Marlins well to pick up their fourth straight series win and their fifth in their last six.
Henderson Alvarez will make his 2013 and Marlins debut tonight. Alvarez was a key component in the Marlins blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays. Alvarez briefly pitched for the Marlins during the spring, before pitching for Venezuela in the WBC. Shoulder issues sidelined Alvarez the day before the season and he missed the first two months of the season.
The Braves will counter with Julio Teheran. A strong arugement could be made for Teheran being the Braves best starter in 2013, as the rookie pitcher owns a nice 3.12 ERA.
Neither pitcher has squared off against either team, so there could be a feeling out process during the first few at bats.
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Bold Prediction: Behind a strong first outing of the season from Alvarez, the Marlins will be able to finish off a series victory against the Braves. Marlins win 5-2!