Aug 1, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Matt Wisler (37) pitches during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
MM: Can you give us a quick scouting report on the pitchers the Marlins will face this series?
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AC: Wisler has been better in the majors than in AAA. He looks polished and poised, but he’s been beat up a couple of times. If he can locate the ball down and to the corners, then he’s effective. He throws 93-95 with fastball and sinker with a changeup around 87-88, slider at 83, and curve around 78. It’s a good mix if all the pitches are working. If they are hanging in the zone, he’ll get hit.
Julio Teheran vs. Jose Fernandez. This will be the most interesting matchup, for sure. Julio looked like he might have found his mojo on Sunday vs. Philadelphia. Now he backs up his best road performance of the year with a home start. This could end up being a 1-0 contest decided by the bullpens.
Mike Foltynewicz has been frustratingly inconsistent. He needs his control on that 95+ fastball, but he’ll either miss bats (8K vs. Baltimore) or can’t avoid them (9 hits, 4 HR vs. San Fran). I have no idea which Folty will show up Saturday.
Finally, Shelby Miller. Only pitcher in the top 20 of the majors in ERA with a losing record. Clearly he’s been good. Now can the Braves actually get him a run or two to work with? It’s Brad Hand, so… maybe.
MM: How do you see the series playing out? Any bold predictions?
AC: Since the run-scoring is what it is, I think Atlanta will be lucky to take 1 game of the series…2 would genuinely be a pleasant surprise.
That just about does it for our Braves series primer. A big thanks to Alan Carpenter for taking the time to answer our questions, and make sure to check out Tomahawk Take for all your Atlanta Braves’ coverage. You can follow Alan and Tomahawk Take on Twitter as well.
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