GAME NIGHT: Miami Marlins vs Atlanta Braves
When: 6:40 PM ET, Friday, May 20, 2022
Where: loanDepot Park, Miami, Florida
When the Atlanta Braves open a three-game series in the Miami Marlins on Friday, two reliable starting pitchers coming from redemptive outings will be pitted against each other.
Atlanta’s Charlie Morton (2-3, 4.93 ERA) and Miami’s Trevor Rogers (2-4, 4.45) are both coming out on strong outings which would otherwise have been a disappointing start for both.
Rogers looked good in his most recent start against Milwaukee. He pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run in five hits, including eight strikeouts, for his second win of the season. It was his first start of the season without a batter walk. Rogers has changed his pitch mix and thrown more sliders than changes to go with fastball.
“My change was probably the deepest in a year,” Rogers said. “I really found the bottom of the zone with it late and I think my slider was probably the best of my career. There was a lot of turning, a lot of depth, a lot of speed increase as I got closer to the plate. There was really a three-pitch mix and there was some Made it easier. ”
Rogers has had very little luck against the Braves. Left-handed at 0-4 with a 5.24 ERA at the start of five careers against Atlanta. On 22 April, the Rogers lost to the Braves, losing 3-0 despite conceding just one run in five innings of a game.
Morton looked good in his outing last Saturday against San Diego. He gave up one run in two innings, one walk and nine strikeouts in six innings of a game that was won by the Braves, although Bullpen could not hold the lead in his favor. In his most recent two starts, he has pitched 11 innings and allowed a combined one run in four hits, four walks and 14 strikeouts.
“It was really good,” Atlanta manager Brian Schneider said after Morton’s final start. “The way the ball was coming out and how efficient he was, he went one step further.”
Morton has not faced the Marlins this season. He started his career against Miami in 19, 9-5 with a 4.03 ERA. His last win against Miami was August 18, 2021.
In his most recent series, Miami has won two of three games against Washington, dropping 5-4 in Wednesday’s final. The Marlins are 3-3 at their current homestand, which ends with the Braves.
The Atlanta National League has lost two of its three games against Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers. The Braves have lost four of their last six games, falling four games below .500 and 7 1/2 from the New York Mets in the NL East.
Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was hit by a pitch on Wednesday to extend his on-base streak to 26 games last season. He ended his eight-game hitting streak with 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
Miami’s Jazz Chisholm Jr. has been red-hot. He went 5 for 11 in the Washington series, including three runs, a double, a triple, a homer and three RBIs. Chisholm has five home runs and 15 RBIs in 25 career games against the Braves.
This is the second season between the two clubs. Miami has won two of its three games in April.
Stats and Records
|4/24/22||MIA 5||ATL 4||.212||1||.781||.306||0||.937|
|Miami||J. Chisholm Jr.||1||3||3|
|Miami||J. Chisholm Jr.||.304||35||.964|
|Miami||J. Chisholm Jr.||7||20||27|