The Atlanta Braves haven’t lost since July 25. Friday they extended their winning streak to 14 games by shutting out the Miami Marlins. They will look to keep the franchise-record streak going Saturday when they play the second game of the series against Miami. It is only the beginning of August, but the Braves have almost already solidified a spot in this year’s postseason with a current 15.5-game division lead over the Washington Nationals.
Rookie pitcher Alex Wood will take the hill for the Braves, facing another young right-handed starter in Nate Eovaldi. This will be Wood’s first appearance against the Marlins, where as Eovaldi is 0-1 in four career starts against the Braves. The Marlins have one of the weakest offenses in all of baseball which means that their pitching has to be good if not great for them to win. It will be a difficult task against a Braves lineup that is ranked third in homers and seventh in runs in the majors.
Justin Upton has been a huge part of the Braves’ success over the last couple of weeks. The outfielder already has six home runs and 13 RBIs in August alone, and we are only 10 days into the month. A few of Upton’s teammates are also performing well, including third baseman Chris Johnson, who has added two home runs and eight RBIs while batting .303 so far this month.
With the division being all but locked up, the Braves look to keep playing well in hopes to stretch out a long and historic winning streak.