This weekend, the Marlins will play their final home series of the year. Expect a couple of victories, as they play the 62-91 Atlanta Braves. If the Marlins have impressed with anything this year, it’s been their ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Let’s get down to it.
The last time we saw Atlanta was a three game series at the turn of August into September. The Fish snagged all three games at Turner Field to bring the season series to 10-6 Braves. Now, impossible to take the season series, the Marlins now have a losing record against all four division opponents. That’s not a good look.
The Braves come in on one of their hottest streaks of the year, winning five of six, two of which came on the road against the Mets. Of course the other three, while technically counting, were against the Phillies.
Meanwhile the Marlins seem intent on making September their best month, winning two of three against Philadelphia to push their monthly record to 13-8. Without a winning month in 2015, a September record over .500 would be a nice thing to see.
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Hitters to watch
- Freddie Freeman– This one’s easy, Freddie is really good and the Braves are bad. Freeman is first on the team in Offensive runs added (Off) with 19.3. The second place guy is Juan Uribe at 5.1, and he’s not even on the team anymore!
- Andrelton Simmons– Simmons is a hitter, but his glove is what we should watch for. One of the best defensive shortstops in the game, there is a possibility Simmons could do something you’ve never seen before just every time the ball is hit in play.
- J.T. Realmuto– One of the many Marlins having a hot month, J.T. is slashing .345/.344/.569. Defensive ratings like his defense, and the Fish haven’t had any stability at catcher since Pudge Rodriguez, who we should all be praying management hires to lead the team next year.
- Justin Bour– He looks more like a first base coach than player but he’s hit 19 HR’s in just 400 PA’s, which is impressive.
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It’s Jose Day!!!! Definitely make sure to watch tonight’s game if you like fun. Also tune in tomorrow for Justin Nicolino, his peripherals are terrible and the wheels will come off but it hasn’t happened yet. Until then, he’s a reasonable starter, which on this year’s team is pretty great!
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