The Atlanta Braves have one of the best records in Major League Baseball heading into Tuesday night’s game against the Miami Marlins. The Braves have gone 6-1 over the season’s first seven games, their only loss came back on Apr. 4 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The only pitcher in the Braves rotation with a loss on their record is Kris Medlen. The 27-year-old tossed five innings and gave up two runs in his first outing. He pitched well enough to earn the win, giving up only two earned runs, but there was no offense to back him up. The starting pitcher will look move into the win column on Tuesday night.
Last season, Medlen was 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA, 0.913 WHIP and 120 strikeouts over 138 games — by far his best season in the major leagues. His previous best was in 2010 when he went 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA.
The Braves will try and give him some offense, in case he gives up a few runs, to help the team move to 7-1 on the season. Wade LeBlanc will be on the mound for the Marlins. LeBlanc also only surrendered two earned runs in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals, in his first outing of the season.
Justin Upton has found his stride in the Braves lineup, crushing six home runs and batting in eight runs so far this season. Upton will do his best to give Medlen some runs and help take his mind off that side of the game.
First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. eastern at Marlins Park in Miami, Fla.