Saturday, April 16, 2016

Marlins, Braves continue series in Miami

Tom Koehler takes the hill for the Marlins in the second game of a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves, who notched their first win of the season Friday. It's the first start of the season at Marlins Park for Koehler, where he is 15-16 lifetime with a 3.63 ERA. Bud Norris goes for the Braves. In two previous starts this season, both vs. Washington, Norris is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA.
In approaching the Braves, Marlins manager Don Mattingly isn't getting caught up in their slow start. He notes Miami's priority is taking care of its own business.
"We've got to play well," Mattingly said. "That's what it really comes down to. It's about us executing and us taking care of ourselves as far as playing the kind of baseball we're capable of. It's really about us playing well."
Three things to know 
• While Koehler has been one of the more consistent starters for the Marlins this young season with a 2.84 ERA, he has struggled against Atlanta over his career. Current Braves players are hitting a collective .341 against Koehler.
• Norris hasn't faced Miami since the 2012 season and has only pitched in five previous games against the Marlins during his career and has only faced four (Dee Gordon, Martin Prado, Giancarlo Stanton and Ichiro Suzuki) of the current players on their roster.
• Nick Markakis and A.J. Pierzynski have fared well against Koehler over their careers. Markakis is hitting .545 (6-for-11) against the Marlins starter while Pierzynski holds a .467 (7-for-15) mark against the righty, with two homers and five RBIs.

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