Atlanta Braves @Miami Marlins
Monday, 9/9 7:10 PM
Kris Medlen, RHP (12-12, 3.48 ERA) vs Henderson Alvarez, RHP (3-3, 3.95 ERA)
Medlen matched a season high with nine strikeouts in Tuesday's win over the Mets, navigating another successful outing in spite of limited run support. The right-hander is riding a streak of 15 consecutive innings without allowing a walk.
Alvarez beat the Cubs in his last start, his first win since topping the Mets on July 31. He is proving a threat at the plate. He is 7-for-19 (.368) and he hit a three-run homer at Wrigley in his most recent win.
Tuesday, 9/10 7:10 PM
Julio Teheran, RHP (11-7, 3.01 ERA) vs Tom Koehler, RHP (3-9, 4.70 ERA)
Teheran had his spot skipped in the rotation after outdueling Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on Aug. 30. His 2.23 ERA since the All-Star break is tops among Braves starters, but he has issued 11 walks in his last three outings.
Koehler is fresh off a no-decision at the Cubs, where he gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings. He seeks his first win since Aug. 1 against the Mets, a span of eight starts. He had a no-decision vs. Atlanta on July 2.
Wednesday, 9/11 7:10 PM
Mike Minor, LHP (13-6, 3.06 ERA) vs Jose Fernandez, RHP (11-6, 2.23 ERA)
Minor worked seven nearly flawless innings in a 2-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday. The only flaw came on a two-run homer by Cody Asche in the seventh that gave the Phils the lead. The lefty struck out nine and walked one.
Thursday, 9/12 12:40 PMThis will be the final start in Fernandez's sensational rookie season. He is 8-0 at home with a 1.19 ERA. He dominated the Nationals in his last outing, losing a no-hitter in the sixth on an infield single.
Alex Wood, LHP (9-7, 3.45 ERA) vs Nathan Eovaldi, RHP (3-6, 3.80 ERA)
Wood has given up 11 earned runs over his past two starts after he has given up a total of 11 earned runs in his first 8 starts of his career. In his past 3 starts he has racked up 9 BB's to 13 K's in 12.2 IP. Wood still has a 3.05 FIP as a starter with a 3.55 xFIP but if he wants to get a shot at starting in the post-season, he really needs to perform well in this start against the lowly Marlins.
Coming off a forgetful performance, Eovaldi looks to rebound against the Braves, a team he beat 7-0 at Atlanta on Sept. 1. In his last start, Eovaldi gave up five runs on nine hits in three innings against the Nationals.