Atlanta Braves @ Miami Marlins Game Preview: Tuesday, April 9th 7 PM EST (Game 8)


Apr 8, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; A general view of Marlins Park before opening night of a game between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins are set to take the field again Tuesday and try to forget how badly their home opener went. The team was blanked by Braves pitching, led by Paul Maholm, in a 2-0 loss. Justin Upton lead the Braves offense, scoring two runs, including a solo home run to extend the lead to 2-0.

The Marlins will try to bounce back and win their second ballgame of the season behind Wade LeBlanc in game two, tonight at 7 PM. The Braves will be trying to claim a series victory, countering with their best pitcher from 2012, Kris Medlen.

According to Joe Capozzi, the Marlins are not expecting a huge crowd for game two of their season:

Here are the starting lineups for both teams:

Miami Marlins
1. Juan Pierre, LF
2. Chris Coghlan, CF
3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF
4. Placido Polanco, 3B
5. Greg Dobbs, 1B
6. Donovan Solano, 2B
7. Rob Brantly, C
8. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS
9. Wade LeBlanc

Believe it or not, the Marlins lineup is actually weaker then it was in game one of the series. The Marlins are starting Coghlan over Ruggiano due to the right handed pitcher taking the mound. The move makes little sense, as Ruggiano is as good as a hitter as Coghlan against righties. Without Ruggiano, the Marlins only real power threat outside of Stanton has been eliminated.

Atlanta Braves
1. B.J. Upton, CF
2. Andrelton Simmons, SS
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Evan Gattis, C
5. Dan Uggla, 2B
6. Juan Francisco, 3B
7. Chris Johnson, 1B
8. Reed Johnson, RF
9. Kris Medlen, P