Last night’s win for the Braves put Miami eight games back of the second and final Wild Card spot in the NL and whatever hopes they had of a potential miracle run at that spot are getting bleaker and bleaker by the day. Miami has lost five straight games now and they’re actually closer to the Braves than they are to the Rockies for that final spot.
Nonetheless, both teams are still going to play the string out and tonight’s game should still be interesting to watch. Mike Foltynewicz is getting the start for the Braves and he’s looking to keep things going in the right direction after hitting a rough patch in the middle of August. Granted, the Braves lost the last two games he threw in, but it wasn’t because Folty pitched poorly — in fact, he only gave up three runs over 11.1 innings pitched in those two starts.
Also, Folty is probably looking forward to seeing the Marlins again. He’s seen them four times this season and aside from a terrible outing back in April, Mike Foltynewicz has been pretty successful against the Marlins. That includes his latest outing against Miami, in which he picked up a season-high of 11 strikeouts while holding the Marlins to just one run over 6.1 innings. More of that, please.
Meanwhile, the Marlins will send Jose Urena to the mound for tonight’s contest. This will be the third time the Braves have seen him this season and while Urena may not have had the spectacular success that Folty has had against the Marlins, the Braves have still had a tough time figuring him out so far this season. Urena’s lasted six innings in each of his starts against Atlanta and he’s only given up five earned runs over those 18 innings of work.
Simply put, if the Braves want to hold the Marlins in their current tailspin then they’ll have to find a way to break through against Urena while also supplementing what will hopefully be another solid start against Miami from Mike Foltynewicz. Also, please no giant dingers from Giancarlo Stanton tonight. They’re fun to watch — except when they come against the Braves.
Game Date/Time: Friday, September 8, 2017, 7:35 pm ET
Location: SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Georgia
TV: FOX Sports South
Radio: 680 AM, 93.7 FM (Flagship in Atlanta), WYAY 106.7, Braves Radio Network