Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Miller debuts as Braves eye sweep in Miami

Looking to open the season with a three-game sweep, the Braves will send Shelby Miller to the mound for Wednesday night's series finale against the Marlins at Marlins Park. Miller, who was acquired from the Cardinals in November, will attempt to add to the strong pitching performances the Braves have received while winning the first two games of the season.
Miami will counter with Tom Koehler, who will attempt to repeat the early-season success he had last year, when he produced a 1.99 ERA through his first seven starts.
Three things to know about this game:
1. The Marlins last started off 0-3 in 2013, when they were swept in Washington, being outscored, 11-1, in the series. The last time the Marlins opened 0-3 at home was in '01, when they dropped three straight to the Phillies.
2. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said left fielder Jonny Gomes, catcher A.J. Pierzynski and center fielder Cameron Maybin will make their first starts of the season on Wednesday. With Maybin replacing Eric Young Jr., Gonzalez said he might use Jace Peterson as his leadoff hitter.
3. Miller proved to be more of a thrower than a pitcher as he struggled through last season's first four months. But after adding a sinker to his repertoire in August, the 24-year-old right-hander produced a 2.08 ERA over his final seven regular-season starts.

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