Jul 232010

The Atlanta Braves hit the road Friday to start a nine- game road swing that will take to Miami to play the Florida Marlins for a three-game set this weekend. The Braves are coming off of a so-so home stand where they went 4-3, which included an 8-0 victory over the San Diego Padres. The victory gives Atlanta a 1/2 game lead over San Diego for the best record in the National League.

Atlanta will have to continue to swing a hot bat when they get to Miami. The Florida Marlins have held their opponents to 2 or fewer runs in 4 of their last 6 games. Whiling displaying some of that good pitching and defense that has helped the Marlins keep their opponents at bay they have won 5 of their last 6 games, and are looking to get back into the division race with a strong showing against the Braves. Currently the Marlins are in 4th place in the NL East and are 9 games behind the Braves.

This weekend’s match up is void of any marquee pitchers, but it still has some decent match ups to keep your eye on. Friday’s game will showcase Alex Sanabia vs Derek Lowe, Saturday’s game will see Anibal Sanchez take on Kris Medlen, while the final game on Sunday will feature Chris Volstad against Jair Jurrjens.