Over the last four games, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has done something he hasn’t done much this year: used the same lineup.
Given that the Braves have won all four games, including an 11-3 drubbing of the Miami Marlins in the opener of a three-game home series on Tuesday, he’ll likely use the same batting order against the Fish in game two on Wednesday.
And if Atlanta puts up more numbers akin to those they posted on Tuesday, when they tallied 11 runs on a season-high 16 hits, they should have no trouble defeating the hapless Marlins, who are 18.5 games behind them in the National League East.
What’s most exciting about the Braves is that they didn’t hit any home runs in the first game, which hasn’t happened that much this season. That proves that they’re capable of winning — and winning big — without the long ball, and that they have what it takes to back up a solid outing from one of their starters, which is something they’ve struggled to do, particularly for Medlen and Tim Hudson.
The 8-3 Mike Minor will take the mound on Wednesday looking for his first win since June 9, and if the Braves can put up runs at the rate that they did on Tuesday, he’ll likely do just that. 11 runs would be more than enough for the left-hander, whose ERA currently sits at 2.98.
Not that the Braves should expect to reach double digits every time out, though they would certainly take it.