The Braves have lost four in a row, and the last two came in the form of 7-1 defeats against two different teams. They’ll be playing the Marlins for the second of a four-game series, and hopefully they won’t lose this one 7-1 as well.
In all seriousness, this should hopefully be better than what we’ve seen for most of this week if only for the fact that Luiz Gohara will be taking the mound. Gohara delivered his best start of his young career on his last time out, which is when he limited the Phillies to just one run over seven innings and struck out nine batters as well.
Of course, Miami’s offense figures to pose a tougher challenge than Philadelphia’s offense did — especially with Giancarlo Stanton now taking firm aim at cracking the 60-home run mark this season. He hit two absolute moonshots last night, and now it’ll be up to Gohara and the rest of the pitching staff to keep Stanton in the park for one night, at least.
Meanwhile, the Braves will be seeing Dan Straily for the fifth time this season. Other than a game in mid-June where Straily completely shut down the Braves over six-and-a-third innings, the Braves have had a moderate amount of success against Straily. With that being said, it’s interesting to note that Freddie Freeman is only 1-for-7 with a walk and three strikeouts. Tyler Flowers has also found success against Straily a bit fleeting, as he’s only gone 1-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts.
It goes without saying that the Braves are in a rut right now, but here’s hoping that they won’t end the season on a major slide. The season’s already coming to a close — let’s not end it on a painful note, then?
Game Date/Time: Friday, September 29, 7:10 p.m. ET
Location: Citi Field, Flushing, NY
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, MLB.tv Game of the Day
Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM, Braves Radio Network