Miami Marlins Series Preview vs Atlanta Braves

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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 29: Caleb Smith #31 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on April 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 29: Caleb Smith #31 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park on April 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GA – MAY 4: Ozzie Albies #1 and Ronald Acuna, Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves pose for a photo in the dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at SunTrust Park on May 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA – MAY 4: Ozzie Albies #1 and Ronald Acuna, Jr. #13 of the Atlanta Braves pose for a photo in the dugout before the game against the San Francisco Giants at SunTrust Park on May 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Acuña and Albies

If the Marlins are going to do anything this series, they must work to neutralize the dynamic young duo of Ronald Acuña and Ozzie Albies.

Acuña was the no. 1 prospect in baseball coming into the year and in 12 games since being called up, all he has done is hit. He is currently hitting .328/.358/.600 with three home runs.

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As for Albies, he leads the league in doubles and is tied for fourth in the National League in home runs with ten. He has built on what he showed as a 20-year-old in 2017 when he had an OPS+ of 112 in 57 games, this year, Albies has an OPS+ of 146.

The Rebuild

After the 2014 season, the Braves completely tore their roster down and rebuilt from the bottom in a very similar way to what the Marlins are attempting to do.

After building up their farm system,  the Braves are currently competing ahead of schedule. They have great young pitching just arriving in the majors and more help is coming on the way. The pitching to go along with their exciting combo of Acuña and Albies and do not forget about the ever-steady Freddie Freeman is a scary sight.

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The Braves are again a threat in the N.L. East for years to come and we as Marlins fans should use this series to familiarize ourselves with our rival as well as look to the Braves as a sign of hope.

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