The Atlanta Braves had a rough weekend in Philadelphia, receiving their first series sweep at the hands of the Phillies since dropping three to the San Diego Padres in early June.
The Braves seemed to have lost all of their late inning mojo in the most recent series with the Phillies, bringing together two late inning rallies to tie the game, but ultimately succumbing to late inning, walk-off hits by the Phillies.
Now, the Braves head to Miami to take on the Marlins in a 4 game series. After holding the league's best record, this weekend's sweep puts the Braves behind Boston for best record in baseball. However, the Braves still retain the best record in National League play by 2 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers (also owning the tie-breaker in the event of a tie).
After missing him in all but one series, the Braves will face the Marlins' ace Jose Fernandez, a strong candidate for NL Rookie of the Year. In their last meeting, the Braves prevailed in a 2-1 decision.
The Braves have had troubles at times with Miami's pitching, suffering two shut-out's at the hands of the fish this season. The season series record stands at 11-5 in favor of the Braves. The Braves hope to widen their lead for homefield advantage in their last series with the Marlins this season.
Monday, 7:10pm on Fox SportSouth: Braves RHP Kris Medlen (12-12, 3.48 ERA) vs Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-3, 3.95 ERA)
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