The Braves, who are coming off a home series loss to the Marlins and a road loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, have lost 25 of their last 36 home games. Their National League East lead over the Washington Nationals was trimmed to four games on Sunday. The Marlins, meanwhile, just suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the St. Louis Cardinals and reside in the NL East basement.
Brian McCann has an eight-game hitting streak working, during which he is hitting a ridiculous .594 with two homers and seven RBIs.
Freddie Freeman and his .306 average have landed him the All-Star Game Final Vote. Go vote for him at mlb.com.
All-time Marlins' win and strikeout leader Ricky Nolasco was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend. That's enough to get him in the chopping category.
Justin Upton has hit .206 with one homer in his last 42 games.
Justin and B.J. Upton are a combined 37-for-234 (.158) with runners on base.
Giancarlo Stanton is hitting a scant .138 over his last eight games.
The Marlins enter with a Majors-worst .232 team batting average.
Monday, 7:10 on SportSouth: Braves LH Mike Minor (8-4, 3.15 ERA) vs RH Kevin Slowey (3-6, 4.24 ERA)
Tuesday, 7:10 on SportSouth: RH Julio Teheran (6-4, 3.23 ERA) vs RH Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
Wednesday, 12:40 on SportSouth: LH Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.81 ERA) vs RH Jacob Turner (2-1, 2.30 ERA)
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