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Hot Atlanta Braves, Surging Miami Marlins Meet for Three Games: Series Preview

July 2nd, 2013 at 8:41 AM
By Cody Fields

The Atlanta Braves welcome the Miami Marlins to Turner Field for a three-game series between two teams that are red hot at the moment.

The Braves are coming off a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks and hold a six-game lead on the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East. The Marlins sit in the basement at 17 1/2 games back, but they're 16-10 since the start of June after an abysmal start.

The Braves swept the Marlins in Miami in three games earlier this season and are 40-17 against them since 2010.

Who's chopping:

Dan Uggla is hitting .273 with four homers and a .391 on-base percentage in his last 23 games. He has raised his average from .175 to .205 in that stretch.

Brian McCann has two homers and seven RBIs over his last seven games along with a .389 average. He hit. 167 with one homer and three RBIs in his last 19 games before that.

Since coming off the disabled list June 10, Giancarlo Stanton has hit .301 with five homers. It also happens that the Marlins are 12-7 since then after starting 18-44.

In six starts this season, Jacob Turner hasn't allowed more than three runs. He threw a complete game against the San Diego Padres on June 29 in his last start.

Who's flopping:

Jordan Schafer's ankle was still sore Sunday, four days after fouling a pitch off. He did say it was the hardest he's ever been hit by a foul ball, but the Braves obviously hope they can avoid a DL stint.

Despite going at least six innings every time, Mike Minor doesn't have a win in his three starts since June 9.

Tuesday, 7:10 on SportSouth: Braves RH Kris Medlen (5-7, 3.02 ERA) vs RH Tom Koehler (1-5, 4.78 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:10 on SportSouth: LH Mike Minor (8-3, 2.98 ERA) vs RH Ricky Nolasco (4-8, 3.93 ERA)

Thursday, 7:10 on SportSouth: RH Julio Teheran (6-4, 3.12 ERA) vs RH Jacob Turner (2-0, 1.76 ERA)

 

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Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brian McCann, Dan Uggla, Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob Turner, Julio Teheran, Kris Medlen, Miami Marlins, Mike Minor, MLB, Ricky Nolasco, Turner Field

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