Major League Baseball is nothing if not unpredictable. The Atlanta Braves are the best team in all of the big leagues. They are so good in fact that they continue to have the best record even with a banged up roster. That should be scaring everyone in MLB right about now but there is at least one man that apparently likes pitching against the best team in the game. Miami Marlins’ Nathan Eovaldi is untouchable against the Braves. He is absolutely inside their heads.
For his career Eovaldi has an ERA in the mid 2 range but this season he hasn’t given up an earned run to the Braves. It was he who was the starter opposing them when the 14-game winning streak ended. On Sunday it was only a six game win streak that Eovaldi snapped with eight shutout innings. That might not seem as impressive with the Braves being banged up but they sure had won six in a row and their magic number is 13. I’ll pause while you read that number again.
No one but Eovaldi has had this kind of success against the Braves this year. It is so pronounced that I bet the team that ends up facing them in the playoffs will wish they had traded for Eovaldi just to pitch against the Braves. The Marlins can take pride in the situation and build on it for next year. I doubt the Braves will be slowed by it at all but they will hopefully try to at least score a few earned runs against the guy next time he opposes them.
Eovaldi probably downplays it and everything else but he is emerging as a standout ace of this staff. Jose Fernandez is ace material as well but Eovaldi has the experience edge on him. It is interesting how baseball can be sometimes. The Braves might very well win the World Series this year and if they do, Eovaldi can sit on his couch and know that he shut them down more than once. What a great game.