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Atlanta Braves vs. Florida Marlins -- May 9th, 2006 7:05 EST


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Thomson---vs.---Moehler

0-2, 2.16----0-3, 9.27

Moehler on tap as Braves come to town

Atlanta (13-18) at Florida (8-21), Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. ET

 

Just because the Braves have a losing record doesn't mean they aren't serious contenders in the National League East.

 

Ask Marlins manager Joe Girardi about the Braves, and he responds: "They've had slow starts before. It's amazing that in late September, they always seem to be where they want to be."

 

On Tuesday, the Marlins open a three-game series with Atlanta.

 

Florida is going through a tough time, having dropped 10 straight games at home. They need a win on Tuesday to avoid matching the club mark for most consecutive home setbacks. Twice, the Marlins have lost 11 straight at home, the last occurring from April 28-May 19, 1999.

 

The National League record for most consecutive losses at home is 15 held by the 2002 Mets. The 1953 St. Louis Browns hold the Major League mark with 20.

 

The Marlins are coming off a difficult series against the Cardinals, during which they were outscored, 23-9.

 

Veteran Brian Moehler takes the mound in hopes of reversing the team's luck.

 

Moehler is 0-3 on the year, and 0-1 at home this season. For his career, he is 1-8 with a 4.39 ERA at Dolphin Stadium, and he's 1-3 lifetime against Atlanta.

 

The Braves, who dropped two of three to the Mets in New York this weekend, are starting right-hander John Thomson.

 

The Marlins have had a tough time with Atlanta the past two seasons. A year ago, the Braves won the season series, 10-8, after taking 14 of 19 in 2004.

 

Pitching matchup

FLA: RHP Brian Moehler (0-3, 9.27 ERA)

In his last start, Moehler missed a golden chance at his first victory of the season. With the Marlins ahead, 5-0, against the Nationals, the right-hander went four-plus innings, not qualifying for the victory. He gave up three runs on nine hits in that game, walking four but striking out only one and struggling for much of the outing.

 

ATL: RHP John Thomson (0-2, 2.16 ERA)

Thomson endured his first shaky start of the season on Thursday, allowing the Phillies four earned runs in six innings. In his previous 23 2/3 innings as a starter, he'd surrendered just two earned runs. The veteran right-hander is 7-5 with a 4.11 ERA in 17 career starts against the Marlins, and 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA in eight starts at Dolphin Stadium.

 

Player to watch

Atlanta's Chipper Jones has feasted on Marlins pitching throughout his career, holding a .298 average. The switch-hitting slugger has 26 career homers and 103 RBIs against Florida. The only team he has more RBIs against is the Mets. On the season, Jones is batting .294.

 

On the Internet

MLB.TV

Gameday Audio

? Gameday

? Official game notes

 

On television

? FSN

 

On radio

? 560 WQAM, 1140 WQBA(Espa?ol)

 

Up next

? Wednesday: Braves (RHP Kyle Davies, 2-2, 4.91 ERA) at Marlins (RHP Josh Johnson, 2-2, 3.78 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET

? Thursday: Braves (RHP Tim Hudson, 2-3, 5.09 ERA) at Marlins (RHP Sergio Mitre, 1-4, 4.89 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET

? Friday: Marlins (LHP Dontrelle Willis, 1-3, 5.15) at Pirates (RHP Victor Santos, 1-4, 4.97 ERA), 7:05 p.m. ET

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Braves:

Giles

Edgar Renteria!

Admin

Andruw

McCann

Francouer

LaRoche

BJ

Tohmson

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For your FLORIDA MARLINS!!!

Shadez

Uggs

Miggy C

Hammer Time

All Hail Borchard

Jake

Miggy O

Kool Aid

Get Mohler off the team!

 

ramp: my lineups are cooler than yours!

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