October 8, 2020 | 11:01am
The Miami Marlins face elimination in their series against the Atlanta Braves and will count on their up-and-coming ace to keep their season alive.
Between the regular season and postseason, Sixto Sanchez has made just eight career starts, but has done a great job of commanding his 100 mph fastball with 2.7 walks and 0.6 home runs per nine innings surrendered along with a 3.06 ERA.
The Braves have gotten some production out of their young starter Kyle Wright, who will oppose Sanchez on Thursday. After posting an ERA through five starts of 8.05 with 18 walks across 19 innings, has gone six or more innings in each of his past three starts with five earned runs given up in that span.
The Braves will back up Wright with the better bullpen as they were in the top five in bullpen ERA while the Marlins were in the bottom five. But the Marlins have found a way to get consistent offense against the Braves, scoring four or more runs in eight of their 12 matchups.
In a do-or-die game, Sanchez and the Marlins’ consistent bats will force a Game 4 in this NLDS and keep their franchise streak of never having lost a postseason series alive.
The play: Marlins, +125.