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3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET18:10 ET22:10 GMT6:10 3:10 PM MST5:10 PM EST5:40 PM VEN2:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, May 4, 2019
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida  Attendance: 10,229

Marlins' Richards, seeking first win, faces Braves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at Miami Marlins

  1. The Braves have won each of the last five season series with the Marlins and have already taken two of three this season. The two teams combined for just 17 runs in that three-game set as the teams hit just .204 combined.
  2. Atlanta split a four-game series with San Diego earlier this week, scoring just 3.3 runs per game in the series while hitting .241. The Braves rank third in MLB in batting average this year at .266, but that number drops to .229 with runners in scoring position, the third-lowest mark in baseball.
  3. The Marlins are the only team in baseball yet to reach 10 wins this year as they rank dead last in runs per game (2.87). Their 86 runs are the second-fewest through 30 games of a season in franchise history, ahead of the 2013 season, the year they went 62-100 (82 runs through 30 games).
  4. Since last season, Freddie Freeman has slashed .395/.459/.733 in 22 games against the Marlins with nine home runs. The only players with more home runs against a single opponent since 2018 are Christian Yelich vs. St. Louis (14), Khris Davis vs. Texas (11) and J.D. Martinez vs. Baltimore (10).
  5. Curtis Ganderson leads the Marlins with 11 RBI this season, fewest by a team leader in MLB. Granderson is hitting just .193, second-lowest mark among qualified NL outfielders (Yasiel Puig, .178).
  6. Kevin Gausman is 3-1 with a 1.52 ERA in four career starts against the Marlins. He pitched seven scoreless inning against the Fish on April 5, allowing just two total hits while striking out seven Marlins.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/3/2019 thru 5/5/2019

Perhaps opponents are starting to figure out Trevor Richards' changeup.

Richards, the Miami Marlins right-hander who will start against the visiting Atlanta Braves on Saturday, is holding batters to a .188 average against his lethal changeup. However, Richards has allowed four homers off his changeup in his past two starts.

Overall, Richards is 0-4 with a 4.64 ERA in six starts this season. Richards got off to a good start this season -- a 2.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts in his first three starts -- but he is 0-3 with 7.80 ERA in his past three starts.

In Richards' defense, he is receiving little run support, as the Marlins totaled eight runs in his first five starts before losing 12-9 at Philadelphia in his most recent outing. It remains to be seen what he will do against the Braves, a team he has faced just once previously (0-0, 10.38 ERA).

When Richards' changeup is good, though, it's very good, and there's enough credit to go around.

"It's been a combination of coaches telling me different things," Richards said when asked about how his changeup developed. "Then I kind of morphed it all together to what felt right for me."

Richards' counterpart on Saturday will be Braves right-hander Mike Soroka, who has been outstanding in three starts this season (2-1, 1.62 ERA). He has allowed just one run in each of his three starts, relying on a heavy sinker and a four-seam fastball.

He has faced the Marlins just once in his career (0-0, 1.93 ERA). Soroka is averaging just 5 2/3 innings per start this season, however, and he hasn't received much run support, either.

That run-support stat is painful for Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte, who takes those things personally. The Braves beat the Marlins 7-2 on Friday in the series opener, and Inciarte hopes that marks the start of something good.

"We're going to catch a hot streak, and we're going to start winning a lot of games," he said. "We just have to keep competing, and good things are going to happen.

"Our offense has been inconsistent. That's part of the game. At some point, we will get on a roll. At the end of the season, I know we are going to be where we want to be because we have a solid offense, good pitching and everything we need to start winning games."

The Braves also got third baseman Josh Donaldson back on Friday after he missed three straight games due to a sore right calf. He went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, further fueling good feelings for Atlanta.

"Hopefully everything's quieted down," Braves manager Brian Snitker said when asked about Donaldson's injury. "He's been around the block. He knows how to manage things like this and when to push. But it's a big bat out of our lineup when he's not in there."

Meanwhile, the Marlins, who own the worst record in the majors, had their CEO, Derek Jeter, speak to the media prior to Friday's game.

Jeter wasn't happy with Miami's win-loss record or his team's home attendance, which is also last in the majors.

"I think everyone knows we're better than this," Jeter said. "There shouldn't be a person in this building that's happy with how we've played."

--Field Level Media

Updated May 4, 2019

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