Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves Game Preview: Sunday, August 11th 1:35 PM EST (Game 115)

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Aug 10, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (3) shakes hands at the dugout after scoring the games only run against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Marlins defeated the Braves 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Funny how baseball works sometimes. Henderson Alvarez will be making his eight start of the season today, but this will be the third time that he faces the Braves. On the other hand, Jose Fernandez has 22 starts and has yet to face the Braves.

Fernandez does lineup to face the Braves for the first time at the end of this month, that is if he is not shutdown or the Marlins don’t shuffle their rotation.

The Braves will point to their 13-1 record since Waffle House opened at Turner Field, but the real number Marlins fans should remember is that the Braves are just 1-1 against the Fish since Waffle House opened. +

Tonight’s Pitching Matchup: Miami Marlins: Henderson Alvarez (scouting report) vs. Atlanta Braves: Mike Minor (scouting report).

Probable Starters

Jul 21, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez pitches in the 1st inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
7/7Games/Games Started23/23
45.0Innings Pitched150.0
2.80Earned Run Averages (ERA)2.76
2.76Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)3.16
23Strikeouts137
23Walks31
Career vs. opponent
11.0Innings Pitched53.2
7Strikeouts45
5.73Earned Run Average4.19

Aug 5, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) throws during the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Christian Yelich.329.316
2Adeiny Hechavarria.259.276
3Giancarlo Stanton.354.394
4Placido Polanco.275.283
5Ed Lucas.278.286
6Donovan Solano.274.282
7Jake Marisnick.202.290
8Koyie Hill
.886.221

Giancarlo Stanton returns to the Marlins lineup tonight. The Fish hope that a day off to clear his mind allows Stanton to recapture the home run stroke that has made him an MLB superstar at the age of just 23.

Bold Prediction: Alvarez throws six strong innings, limiting the Braves offense to just two runs on four hits. The Marlins offense does not provide him with much run support, but Stanton does go deep in his return to the lineup. Braves  win 3-2!

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