Although they've been unstoppable at Marlins Park, the Atlanta Braves could finally meet their match taking on a pitcher that hasn't lost there in three seasons.
Miami's Jose Fernandez looks to set a MLB record for consecutive home wins to begin a career Friday night when the Marlins tries for their first victory there in the season series.
Fernandez (5-0, 2.18 ERA) has gone a remarkable 16-0 with a 1.11 ERA in 25 career starts at Marlins Park. Now he has an opportunity to surpass Johnny Allen (1932-33) and LaMarr Hoyt (1980-82) as the only pitchers since 1900 to win their first 17 decisions at home.
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"I think that means a lot to my teammates," Fernandez told MLB's official website. "They're the ones who hit. They get the runs. I think it's just another number. It's just another win."
The 2013 NL Rookie of the Year is making his third start since missing six weeks because of a biceps strain. Since returning, he's 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA while facing Washington both times.
The right-hander has gone 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA in five career starts against the Braves. Of course he's won both meetings at Marlins Park, yielding one run and seven hits over 15 innings.
Freddie Freeman, who is 3 for 12 with a home run and a double in the matchup, is expected to be in the lineup despite dealing with a sore right wrist. He homered, doubled and had a career high-tying five RBIs in Wednesday's 6-3 road win over the New York Mets after entering as a pinch-hitter.
''The wrist has been bothering me for a couple of weeks now and it's definitely worse,'' the two-time All-Star said. ''I just have to muster up and play through it.''
Freeman will try to extend an 11-game hitting streak at Miami (66-87), where Atlanta (62-91) is trying to win seven in a row for the first time in franchise history. The club has hit .294 and averaged 5.3 runs there this season while the pitching staff has posted a 1.17 ERA.
Former Marlin outfielder Cameron Maybin was 5 for 11 in the last three-game sweep in mid-May.
Atlanta's Ryan Weber (0-1, 3.26), who began this season at Double-A, hopes to continue making an impression after lasting at least six innings in each of his first three starts. However, he's still seeking his first victory after getting a total of three runs from the offense.
The 25-year-old right-hander is coming off his best outing after giving up one run and two hits over seven innings Saturday in a 2-1 home win over Philadelphia.
"He does a lot of good stuff," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And I say let's slow play it because he's a young kid. You don't want to all of the sudden name him Greg Maddux."
He'll face a Miami team seeking its third straight win after J.T. Realmuto's RBI triple in the seventh inning was the difference in Thursday's 1-0 home victory over Philadelphia.
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is expected to return after missing 19 games with a hamstring injury. Miguel Rojas will likely slide over to third base with Martin Prado nursing a sore left wrist.