It has been the kind of road trip one could expect from a struggling team, not a team coming off a double header sweep and a strong jump into 1st place. Still, the Marlins are competing in every game on the road, well all save the first game against the Phillies, and have a chance to wrap up their harsh road trip with a solid effort against Atlanta.
Tonight the Marlins start a 4 game road series against the Braves who have had some struggles of late themselves. The thing is, no matter who the Marlins play they tend to have a polarizing effect – heating up teams (see Mets) or totally cooling them off (see D’backs).
The Marlins are 3-2 against Atlanta so far this season, but since 2005 the Braves have owned the Marlins compiling a 33-27 record, 19-10 at Turner Field. The Braves are coming off a 1-5 road trip where they are 7-21 on the season; but they are 22-7 at home in Atlanta.
If the Marlins are going to salvage this road trip, and prove they are worthy of consideration for the NL East crown, they will have to win this series. Currently, the Marlins are 2-4 on this road trip, despite blowing a game yesterday against the Phillies. If they can win this series 3-1, they will finish up 5-5 and maintain their winning percentage when they started the trip. It will prove to be a tough task considering the Braves unusual strength at home.