The Braves exploded for 12 runs in a topsy-turvy game against the Marlins last night. As a matter of fact, the Braves offense has actually been one of the best in baseball since the All-Star break, as Scott explained in a post from earlier today. Now, the Braves will be looking to keep the good times rolling at the plate as they take on the Marlins for the second of a three-game series.
Atlanta’s offense will have to deal with Jake Esch tonight. Esch hasn’t exactly been impressive since becoming part of Miami’s rotation — he hasn’t lasted longer than five innings in either of his two starts, and he has five walks to eight strikeouts in those two starts against the Mets and Phillies, respectively. Needless to say, there’s potential for even more runs to be scored.
It’ll be on Matt Wisler to keep Miami’s offense at bay. This is his first start since August 31st, which is when the 24-year-old righty struck out 10 Padres and only gave up four hits and one run over six innings of work. This is after Wisler completely shut down the Diamondbacks in an eight-inning appearance before that in his return from the minor leagues. Hopefully the soreness in his right side that bothered him won’t pop up, and he’ll be able to give the Braves a solid performance tonight.
If the Braves offense can keep on hitting like they have as of late, then we could see some more fireworks at the plate for Atlanta. Nothing is for sure, but it has been pleasant watching the Braves’ bats show plenty of life as of late, and hopefully we’ll see more of the same tonight.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, September 13, 7:10 P.M. ET
Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Radio: WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network 93.7 FM/680 AM