It seems odd to discuss the Atlanta Braves in the concept of a series victory, but the team just took two out of three games from the NL East-leading New York Mets. Of course, there is a portion of the fan base that does not want the Braves to win games, but for the more optimistic fans among us, Atlanta has a chance to win back-to-back series as the team travels to take on the Miami Marlins this weekend.
The most interesting thing over the weekend is, well, an appearance from Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez. The talented youngster has allowed only two runs in 10.2 innings since returning from injury on September 12, and Fernandez is the definition of "must-see TV" on the mound. Atlanta sends Ryan Weber to the hill to combat Fernandez in the opener, and needless to say, that is a match-up that the Braves don't project to win.
For the rest of the series, the pitching match-ups actually lean in Atlanta's favor, with Julio Teheran against Justin Nicolino and Shelby Miller against a starter to be named later on Sunday. That doesn't mean that the Braves are favored to win the series, especially in a road ballpark, but having a theoretical edge in the final two games should bring some positive thinking to the table.
We are certainly in the dog days of the 2015 season, but you can stay tuned to this space throughout the weekend for full coverage. Let's do this together.
Friday, September 25, 7:10 p.m. ET
ATL: Ryan Weber
2015: 3 Starts, 0-1 W-L, 3.26 ERA, 3.97 FIP, 2.33 BB/9, 4.19 K/9
MIA: Jose Fernandez
2015: 9 Starts, 5-0 W-L, 2.18 ERA, 1.93 FIP, 2.18 BB/9, 11.40 K/9
Saturday, September 26, 7:10 p.m. ET
ATL: Julio Teheran
2015: 31 Starts, 10-7 W-L, 4.20 ERA, 4.44 FIP, 3.24 BB/9, 7.73 K/9
MIA: Justin Nicolino
2015: 10 Starts, 3-4 W-L, 4.50 ERA, 4.91 FIP, 2.55 BB/9, 3.15 K/9
Sunday, September 27, 1:10 p.m. ET
ATL: Shelby Miller
2015: 31 Starts, 5-16 W-L, 3.00 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 3.23 BB/9, 7.59 K/9