The Braves have split the first two of four games in Miami. The series comes on the heals of sweeping the Pirates in Pittsburgh, so the team has already secured a winning road trip.
Here are notes about the first two games in their final meeting with the Marlins this season:
» 1. Ronald Acuna destroys the Fish. His homer Thursday helped the Braves win the game, and his double Friday ensured seven consecutive games in which he has collected an extra-base hit against Miami when he gets an at-bat. He’s hit .467 in that time.
» 2. Similar can be said of Johan Camargo, whose second-inning double was the Braves’ first hit Friday. He’s put up hits in nine consecutive against the Marlins, batting .472 over that course.
» 3. Mike Foltynewicz lost Friday, but he finished the season with a 0.95 ERA against Miami. Since allowing four or more runs in four of his five July starts, Foltynewicz hasn’t allowed more than three in an August start. He needs 31 more strikeouts to become the first Brave to set down 200 batters via strikes since Javier Vazquez in 2009.
» 4. Despite the loss, the Braves have an astonishing divisional record. They’re 41-20 against the East with a plus-109 run differential. Those are the best results in the NL and third best in the majors (trailing Boston and Cleveland).
The team record for divisional wins is 51, set in 1969. The Braves have 15 games remaining in the East, seven of which come against the Phillies in the final 10 contests of the regular season.
» 5. With Friday’s loss, the Braves fell two games behind the Cubs for the best record in the National League. They didn’t give up any ground in the East, however, with Philadelphia and Washington losing.
The Braves’ division lead is three games over the Phillies and 8-1/2 over the Nationals. They’ve gained a game on each over the past 10 contests.