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Braves vs. Marlins Preview: Atlanta Looks To Keep Gaining In National League East

The Braves and Marlins meet for a three-game series in Miami this week that'll have big implications on the playoff race.

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 11: Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Miller Park on September 11, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 11: Tim Hudson #15 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the game at Miller Park on September 11, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Braves meet the Marlins in Miami to kick off a three-game series that will begin Monday evening. The Marlins have seemingly been out of the race since July, while Atlanta is coming off a sweep of the Nationals and is the current wild card leader.

With the Braves trailing the Nats by 5 1/2 games in the National League East, you can bet they'll be looking to make a move against their last-place divisional foes. Atlanta has played well against the Marlins this season, winning eight of their 10 games this season.

The Marlins are the same club the Bravos saw at the end of August. Hanley Ramirez is gone, as is Anibal Sanchez. Emilio Bonifacio and Logan Morrison are both done for the year with injuries. As for the players still in the lineup each night, Giancarlo Stanton is the one to worry about most. Stanton leads the club with 34 homers and 81 RBI. Jose Reyes and Justin Ruggiano have given the Braves trouble this year and keeping their speed off the base paths is critical.

Pitching Probables:

Monday, 7:10 p.m. ET - Tim Hudson (14-6, 3.66 ERA) vs. Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 2.95 ERA)

Tuesday, 7:10 p.m. - Paul Maholm (3-4, 4.28 ERA) vs. Nathan Eovaldi (3-6, 5.44 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m. Kris Medlen (8-1, 1.62 ERA) vs. Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81 ERA)

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