The Braves and Marlins begin a four-game series on Monday at Turner Field, just five days after concluding a three-game set in Miami. The Braves, who took the final two games of that series, currently hold one of the National League Wild Card spots and are just 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals in the NL East.
Monday's contest is also significant because it will be each club's last game prior to Tuesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.
With a win on Monday, Miami's Mark Buehrle (9-9, 3.31 ERA) would have his 12th consecutive season with 10-plus wins, a streak that would tie the Yankees' CC Sabathia for the longest among active pitchers.
Buehrle's last start also came against the Braves. The left-hander lasted just five innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits en route to a no-decision. He also walked a season-high four batters.
"I'm the type of guy -- I absolutely hate walking guys -- I'd rather throw a 3-1 pitch and a guy get a hit than throw a pitcher's pitch and try to throw around a guy and walk him," Buehrle said. "I've never liked walking guys, so you can imagine walking four guys in a game how frustrating it was for me."
Toeing the rubber for the Braves (57-44) will be Tommy Hanson, who won despite an odd start against the Marlins on Wednesday. Though the right-hander (11-5, 4.39 ERA) surrendered just one run on three hits and got the victory, Hanson issued seven walks, recorded seven strikeouts and watched the Marlins steal seven bases against him.
"If we were in Vegas, that would be a nice line where you walk seven, give up seven stolen bases and have seven strikeouts," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said after that game. "That's a pretty good line with slot machines, but that's not something you want to do every fifth day."
Marlins: LoMo placed on DL
Right knee inflammation forced Logan Morrison to the 15-day disabled list Sunday, and there is a chance the Marlins' left fielder could require surgery.
"We're going to try to rest it," he said. "If that doesn't work out, then surgery is the next step."
The knee has been bothering Morrison all season. He's batting .230 with 11 homers and 36 RBIs but was hitting just .116 with no homers and no RBIs since the All-Star break.
Morrison said the plan moving forward is "rest and rehab." If he does undergo surgery, he will likely miss the rest of the season.
"It's been this way the whole year," Morrison said. "I've been grinding it out, but obviously I wasn't doing anything to help the team win, so they had to make a decision."
Reliever Ryan Webb was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans to take Morrison's spot on the active roster. Webb (4-2) was the winning pitcher in Sunday's 5-4 walk-off win in 10 innings against the Padres.
Braves: Uggla hopes for success against former club
After snapping an 0-for-21 slump with a first-inning RBI double on Sunday, Dan Uggla will yet again face his former club on Monday. Uggla, who spent the first five seasons of his career with the Marlins, is 6-for-25 with two homers and six RBIs against Miami this season.
Despite Uggla's recent struggles, Gonzalez said his second baseman remains confident. The All-Star has seen his batting average drop from .232 at the start of July to .211.
"Usually some of the signs you see is frustration. You see guys get close strike three or close strike two and fight with the umpire. And you don't see any of that [with Uggla]," Gonzalez said. "You don't see him taking it to the other side. You see him hit a ground ball and he's still running 4.3 down to first base, he's not running seven flat. He's still in there fighting and battling."
Right fielder Jason Heyward hit his 16th home run on Sunday, and with 15 stolen bases on the year, Heyward has a chance to be Atlanta's first 25-25 player since 1999, when Chipper Jones hit 45 dingers and swiped 25 bases.
"He's got the all-around game," Jones said of his teammate before Sunday's 6-2 win. "He can hit the ball in the gaps and run, he can hit the ball out of the ballpark, we all know that. He can help us manufacture runs, steal bases, and as we get him to cut down his strikeouts, we're going to see his numbers go up."
The Braves lead the season series against the Marlins, 6-2.
Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes extended his hitting streak to a Major League-leading 16 games on Sunday.
Atlanta's three-game sweep of Philadelphia on Sunday was its second of the month and marked the first time the Braves have completed two three-game sweeps of the Phillies in the same year since 2000.
With his home run on Sunday, Jones surpassed Pete Rose for all-time extra-base hits for a switch-hitter. Jones, who will retire at season's end, has 1,042 extra-base hits, trailing only Eddie Murray, who tallied 1,099 in his Hall of Fame career.