• My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf

Miami at Atlanta

Venue: Turner Field

The Atlanta Braves juggled their rotation to have Kris Medlen in line to potentially start a one-game, wild-card playoff. The change also has resulted in him taking the mound at home in their first game with a chance to clinch a postseason berth.

That seems fitting considering he's a major reason they can wrap up a playoff spot as early as Tuesday night, when the Braves could tie a major league record by winning Medlen's 22nd consecutive start in a matchup with the Miami Marlins.

A year ago at this time, Atlanta was enduring one of the biggest collapses in baseball history, blowing an 8 1/2-game lead for the wild card during September to miss the playoffs. There has been no such free-fall this time, with the club winning 14 of 20 to cut its magic number for clinching a wild-card spot to one with nine games remaining.

The Braves (88-65) would punch their ticket to the postseason with a win Tuesday or if Milwaukee and Los Angeles both lose, and they still have a shot to catch Washington for the NL East crown.

"It's a good feeling," second baseman Dan Uggla said. "We're in a good spot to, at the very least, make the playoffs. We're not going to quit anything."

Maybe no player has been more important to Atlanta being in this position than Medlen (9-1, 1.51 ERA). He's gone 8-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 10 starts since joining the rotation July 31, walking nine and striking out 72 in 70 2-3 innings.

Atlanta has won his last 21 starts, a run that began May 29, 2010. The only longer streaks were Carl Hubbell's 22 straight with the Giants bridging the 1936 and 1937 seasons, and the Yankees winning Whitey Ford's first 22 starts from 1950 to 1953 - he missed two years to serve in the Korean War.

"Whitey Ford? Pfft. Let's go. Come on. Don't even say it," said a humbled Medlen, who is 14-0 in 26 starts since losing the first two of his career in May 2009.

Medlen originally was slated to start Wednesday and Paul Maholm was to go Tuesday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez reversed that order so Medlen would be on regular rest for a possible one-game playoff Oct. 5. The right-hander last pitched Wednesday and won at Miami, throwing eight innings in a 3-0 victory.

"I think this kid is, 'Wow,'" Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He put on a show out there."

Craig Kimbrel has been just as dominant and is one shy of a second straight 40-save season. He's allowed one run over his last 20 1-3 innings, walking four and striking out 42.

While Atlanta's staff has a 2.45 ERA over the past 17 games while holding opponents to a .204 average, the offense has hit .235 and averaged 3.5 runs.

Quiet bats have plagued the Marlins (66-87), who have 12 homers over the last 23 games while going 7-16. They've lost four straight overall and six in a row on the road.

Nathan Eovaldi (4-12, 4.36) has received nine runs of support over his past five starts and is 0-4 in that span. He now faces the Braves for the second straight week, having gone eight scoreless innings in a 4-3, 10-inning victory last Tuesday.

"A very spectacular game for him," Guillen said. "No doubt this kid has a good arm."

However, Eovaldi was awful in his only game at Atlanta this year, giving up six runs in two innings of a 6-1 loss Aug. 2.

It might not help Eovaldi that two of Miami's top hitters could be out. Giancarlo Stanton (oblique), the team leader with 34 homers and 81 RBIs, has missed the last six games. Justin Ruggiano (shoulder), batting a team-best .313 since his call-up in late May, may sit out a third straight game.

Atlanta's Michael Bourn, the NL leader with 39 steals, may return after sitting out Sunday with a sore thumb.

Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Probable Starters

Nate Eovaldi, HP
2012 stats
107.1 Innings Pitched 125.0
4-12 Wins-Losses 9-1
4.36 Earned Run Average 1.51
44 Walks 22
63 Strikeouts 108
93 Pitches Per Start 92
Career vs. opponent
16.0 Innings Pitched 38.0
0-1 Wins-Losses 2-1
3.94 Earned Run Average 2.61

Kris Medlen, RHP
weather image  Mostly sunny. Mild.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Miami4th NL East3546.4329 ½ 5-5 W 4
Atlanta3rd NL East3941.48854-6 W 3
vs Kris Medlen
vs Nate Eovaldi

Related Video

CBSSports.com Shop

Men's Majestic White Kansas City Royals Stars & Stripes 4th of July Cool Base Jersey

MLB 2015 Stars and Stripes Collection
Get your favorite team today
Shop Now

Game Odds
Miami 240 Atlanta -280
H. AlvarezShoulder
A. CrowElbow
D. KellyFinger
M. MorseFinger, back
M. PradoShoulder
G. StantonWrist
B. ArroyoElbow
M. BanuelosCramping
B. CunniffGroin
F. FreemanWrist
A. McKirahanSuspension
M. MinorShoulder
J. OutmanShoulder
W. PerezFoot
S. SimmonsElbow
D. WinklerElbow
C. WithrowElbow
Series Game Log
Apr 24PHIPHI 1-0Giles Johnson 
Apr 25PHIATL 5-2Miller Buchanan 
Apr 26PHIPHI 5-4Williams Cahill 
May 4ATLPHI 5-2Harang Wood 
May 5ATLATL 9-0Miller Billingsley 
May 6ATLATL 7-5Foltynewicz Williams 
Jul 3ATLATL 2-1Teheran Morgan 
Jul 4ATL 7:15 PM EDT  
Jul 5ATL 1:35 PM EDT  
Jul 30PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Jul 31PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 1PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Aug 2PHI 1:35 PM EDT  
Sep 7PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 8PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 9PHI 7:05 PM EDT  
Sep 18ATL 7:35 PM EDT  
Sep 19ATL 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20ATL 1:35 PM EDT