Julio Teheran is on a roll. The Braves' right-hander, who is drawing considerable trade interest, carries a string of 23 consecutive scoreless innings into Friday night's game against the Marlins at Turner Field.
The Marlins, meanwhile, are in the market for starting pitching, and they're looking to gain momentum in the congested playoff picture. Miami is countering with left-hander Justin Nicolino, who rejoins the rotation after a brief two-start demotion to Triple-A New Orleans.
Even in the Minors, Nicolino had stayed lined up with Miami's fifth starter spot. With New Orleans, he shed throwing his cutter and had success in two starts -- giving up three runs in 13 1/3 innings with nine strikeouts and two walks. In his previous seven starts with the Marlins before being optioned, Nicolino was 0-4 with a 6.44 ERA.
Teheran is enjoying one of his finest seasons, with 99 strikeouts to 24 walks in 106 innings. In his last 13 starts, he has a 1.72 ERA.
Things you need to know about this game
• Newly acquired reliever Fernando Rodney is expected to be in uniform and ready to pitch on Friday, a day after Miami acquired him from the Padres for prospect Chris Paddack. Manager Don Mattingly hasn't said what role in the back end of the bullpen Rodney will have, but he's available for the seventh inning and beyond.
• Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is just 4-for-27 (.148) in his career against Teheran, but two of his hits have been home runs. Marcell Ozuna, meanwhile, is 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four RBIs.
• The Braves don't have much history against Nicolino. Nick Markakis is 2-for-5 off the Miami lefty.