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  W: D. Keuchel (4-5)   L: T. Kinley (1-1)
4:20 PM PT5:20 PM MT6:20 PM CT7:20 PM ET19:20 ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST6:50 PM VEN3:20 UAE (+1)6:20 PM CT, August 20, 2019
SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia  Attendance: 21,271

Braves looking to extend mastery of Marlins

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Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves

  1. Miami and Atlanta have split their last six meetings after the Braves won nine of the first 10 meetings this season. Their last series was a four-game split from August 8-11 despite the Marlins hitting .331 and piling up 49 hits, their most in any series this season.
  2. The Atlanta bullpen has a league-high opponent batting average of .306 since the All-Star break and has the second-highest bullpen ERA since the break at 6.69 (Col, 6.97). Sean Newcomb had a 1.80 ERA in 21 pre-All-Star relief appearances and has a 6.14 ERA in 15 appearances since.
  3. The Marlins dropped three games in Colorado over the weekend. With their 3-0 loss Friday, they became the first team to be shut out at Coors Field this season. Their 10 runs and .368 slugging percentage in the series are second worst by any visitor at Coors this season (Tor, nine, .343, May 31-June 2).
  4. Ronald Acuna Jr. has reached base in 19 straight games, Ozzie Albies has reached safely in 15 straight games and Josh Donaldson has reached in seven straight. The teammates have reached base a combined 96 times this month, more than any other NL trio.
  5. Garrett Cooper enters the series on a nine-game hitting streak and is hitting .342 with a .390 on-base percentage over that span. Since a 0-for-15 slump from July 30-August 5, Cooper is hitting .349 with five multi-hit games.
  6. Mike Soroka and Sandy Alcantara - scheduled to face off Thursday - are first and third, respectively, among rookie qualifiers in ERA (2.41 and 4.35, respectively). Soroka has given up eight home runs, the fewest of any ERA qualifier this season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/20/2019 thru 8/22/2019

Atlanta opened its current homestand against two of the National League's hottest teams. Beginning Tuesday, the Braves finish it with three games against the last-place Miami Marlins, a team they've dominated all season.

The opening game features Atlanta left-hander Dallas Keuchel (3-5, 4.39 ERA) against Miami right-hander Elieser Hernandez (2-5, 5.40). It is the final series of the season between the NL East rivals.

The Braves -- 4-2 on the homestand against the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers -- are 12-4 against the Marlins this season. That success has contributed greatly to Atlanta's current position as the division leader. Miami was swept over the weekend by the Colorado Rockies and has won only three of its past 10 games.

"We've made progress," Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said. "We started off about as bad as you could start and there was a period where we were playing pretty good baseball. Now we're scuffling and I think that's part of the growing pains young teams have. We have to find a way to get better."

Keuchel is making his 12th start of the season. He has been inconsistent since signing with the Braves as a free agent in June, but was excellent in his last start Wednesday against the Mets. He pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven, but received no decision after the bullpen coughed up the lead in a game the Braves eventually won.

Keuchel is 1-1 with an 8.18 ERA in two starts against the Marlins this season. That includes one of the worst performances of his career on Aug. 8 when he allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings at Miami. In four career starts against Miami, he's 2-2 with a 4.70 ERA.

"Outside of (the Miami) start, I feel I'm as good as I've ever been," Keuchel said. "Couple of starts where I left runners on and they scored. Name of the game is don't leave any runners on. You should be alright. That happens sometimes."

Hernandez makes his fifth start since rejoining the starting rotation. This is his 16th appearance and 10th start of the season. He is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA over the past four starts. He gave up six runs in six innings in his most recent start against the Dodgers.

Hernandez has had seven previous appearances, two of them starts, against Atlanta, going 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA. He looked good in his most recent start against the Braves on Aug. 8 when he threw six scoreless innings and allowed two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.

The Braves are closing in a couple of offensive milestones.

Josh Donaldson's next home run will be his 30th and would give the Braves their third player with 30, joining Freddie Freeman and Ronald Acuna Jr. It would be the seventh time the team has had at least three players reach 30 homers in a season, the last coming in 2003 with Andruw Jones, Javy Lopez and Gary Sheffield. The 1998 team had a club-record four players with 30-plus.

Acuna's next stolen base will be his 30th and make him the second player to have 30 homers and 30 steals in a season prior to his 22nd birthday. Mike Trout did it in 2012. Acuna is seeking the fifth 30-30 season in franchise history.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 19, 2019

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