The Miami Marlins are looking for anything positive to go their way. Having lost five in a row entering Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves, the Marlins are trying everything they can to get back in the hunt for a playoff spot. They start a stretch of seven games against the Braves in the next 10 days.
The Marlins hope that pitcher Josh Johnson (5-7, 4.35 ERA) can rebound from his substandard performances in July. In this month, he went 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA after allowing only seven earned runs in five outings in June. In his last start on July 18 against the Chicago Cubs, Johnson went six and one-thirds innings, allowing four runs on five hits, striking out five batters in a loss.
The Braves, coming off a split of a four game series against the first place Washington Nationals, will send Mike Minor (5-6, 5.69) to the hill. In his last start, Minor received a no-decision after pitching six innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out seven.
The game is scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. start from Marlins Park. Television coverage will be provided by Fox Sports Florida. Radio coverage will be provided by WAXY 790 AM and WAQI 710 AM.
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