Given that the Braves are the best home team in MLB and the Marlins are one of the worst clubs in the league — with only the Houston Astros holding a lower winning percentage — everything seems to favor Atlanta as it seeks to keep winning at Turner Field.
Starting pitcher Kris Medlen will take the bump for the Braves as he looks to continue his own individual roll, which has seen his record go from 1-6 with a 3.48 ERA just over a month ago to 5-7 with a 3.02 ERA heading into Tuesday’s contest.
Miami will counter with starter Tom Koehler, whose last name is extremely close to a brand of refrigerators and/or freezers. Despite his surname, however, the second-year pro will likely have a difficult time cooling down a Braves offense that outscored the Diamondbacks 20-7 over the weekend, including a season-high seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning of Saturday’s 11-5 victory.
“After a rough start like that, you can either mail it in or fight as long as you can or as long as [manager Mike Redmond] would allow me to go,” Koehler told the media after allowing three runs — all in the first inning — in his last start, which ultimately ended with a 5-3 Marlins win over the Minnesota Twins.
“I was disappointed in myself that I wasn’t able to get five innings, but winning changes a lot of things. Earlier in the year, we’d be down three and we’d find a way to score two and lose by one run. Right now, I think guys are playing with a lot of confidence, and I think guys are having a lot of fun.”
Atlanta is also having fun, though, and they’re looking to build on an already sparkling 28-11 home record by beating – and perhaps sweeping — the Fish.