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Braves vs. Marlins: Uggla Continues Hitting Streak, Atlanta Wins 8-5

The Braves conclude their nine-game road trip in Florida this week. Will they come away with a series victory? Find out inside.

The Braves will face the Florida Marlins this week for a three-game series in hot and humid Miami. The two teams faced off just last week, so let's jump right into the preview. Not a whole lot has changed...

One of the most underrated players in the game...

Gaby Sanchez

#15 / First Base / Florida Marlins

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Sep 02, 1983

G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2011 - Gaby Sanchez 111 416 56 117 25 0 16 61 53 75 2 1 .281 .361 .457

There really isn't anything to not like about Gaby Sanchez's game. He hits for average, gets on base and has quite a bit of pop in his swing. His defense at first base is as good as it gets and is frequently meeting with his pitcher on the mound whenever they begin to struggle. He currently leads the Marlins in WAR at an even 3.0 and is about to hit his prime. Sanchez has been struggling somewhat in the last few weeks, but he is very good player who can do some damage.

Pitching Matchups:

Monday, 7:10EDT - Derek Lowe vs. Brad Hand 

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Derek Lowe 6-10 24 24 0 0 0 0 133.1 147 74 72 9 50 92 4.86 1.48
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brad Hand 1-3 7 7 0 0 0 0 34.2 25 13 11 7 22 21 2.86 1.36

Tuesday, 7:10EDT - Brandon Beachy vs. Clay Hensley

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Brandon Beachy 5-2 16 16 0 0 0 0 90.1 81 38 35 14 28 95 3.49 1.21
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Clay Hensley 1-4 24 4 0 0 0 2 34.1 28 17 17 3 18 18 4.46 1.34

Wednesday, 7:10EDT - Tim Hudson vs. Anibal Sanchez

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Tim Hudson 11-7 23 23 1 1 0 0 148.1 126 60 53 9 37 106 3.22 1.10
W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Anibal Sanchez 6-5 23 23 2 1 0 0 144.2 141 62 60 15 42 150 3.73 1.26

Bullpen:

Leo Nunez

Michael Dunn (LH)

Brian Sanches 

Randy Choate (LH)

Edward Mujica 

Burke Badenhop

Steve Cishek 

Series Outlook:

The Marlins have lost their last four games and have struggled to play consistently all season long. Atlanta's pitching has been anything but steady since the All-Star Break and hopefully the staff can get back on track this week. Rain is in the forecast, but all three games should be played.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.