Braves Preview: Braves hope Strider can get them back on track against Marlins

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals
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On the heels of a four game losing streak that has seen some brutal/discouraging signs on both sides of the ball, the Atlanta Braves are sending Spencer Strider to the mound to try and get things back on track against a surprisingly decent Miami Marlins squad this evening. While the Braves have lost four straight games, the Marlins have won seven of their last 10 games and are in third place in the National League East which is....not where people thought they would be (a hat tip to the Phillies for their dreadful start to the season in giving Miami a hand there).

Braves vs. Marlins Pitching Matchup - 4/24

Spencer Strider gets the start for the Braves and he has both mostly amazing for Atlanta in his four starts this season. In all four of his starts, he has struck out nine batters in each and he has posted a total of 0.8 fWAR in his 22 innings of work. If you are looking for areas to improve, he needs to work on keeping his pitch count down so that he can go deeper into games as well as not issuing walks as much, but he has been a dominant force who hasn't even been at his best yet.

This Miami lineup does not have much experience against Strider, which makes sense as their lineup is young/new and Strider hasn't been pitching all that long. Jorge Soler and Garrett Cooper do have hits off of Strider in their careers, so that may be worth keeping an eye on especially with how pesky Cooper has been against the Braves in the past.

For Miami, they are send Edward Cabrera out against the Braves. Cabrera can have some really control issues at times (13 walks combined in his first two starts this season is hard to do), but he was good his last time out with six innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts against the Giants. Again, not much experience in this Braves lineup against Cabrera, although both Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario both have homers off of him.

How to watch Braves vs. Marlins

Date/Time/Location: 4/24/23 at 7:20 PM EST at Truist Park

TV: Bally Sports South

Radio: 680 AM/93.7 FM The Fan