It’s the Braves vs. the biggest fish of them all in the third game of a four-game set with the Miami Marlins tonight at Truist Park.

The Braves look to continue enjoying this home fishing trip (2-0 so far) as they send Bryce Elder to the mound Wednesday evening against the current Cy Young Award winner, Sandy Alcantara.

Alcantara won his first Cy Young Award last season when he went 14-9 with a scant 2.28 ERA. In 228.2 innings of work, he carried a .980 WHIP, 8.1K/9, and was a 5.7 WAR pitcher in 2022. Alcantara is currently just 1-2 with a 5.47 ERA which we hope grows significantly tonight.

His counterpart this evening, the young Elder, has an NL-leading ERA that is currently half of Alcantara’s Cy Young year (1.14). Elder was called up from AAA Gwinnett when Max Fried went to the IL after tweaking a hamstring in his first start of the season and it feels odd to say, but the young right-hander has been consistently dominant during his first four starts of 2023. Sure there’s been a hard hit ball or two, but Elder’s ability to limit damage, nibble away, and trust his stuff has been remarkable. He is 2-0 (should be 3-0) with 23 K’s in 23 innings and carries a 1.183 WHIP into his fifth start of the year.

The Braves have enjoyed an offensive resurgence in the first two games of the series and look to add to their catch and clinch the series with a win this evening. Eddie Rosario has homered in consecutive games, Ozzie Albies hit two homers last night, and the man – Ronald Acuna – has 14 first-inning hits in the first 24 games of 2023. Acuna leads the world in stolen bases (13) and has set the table in great fashion this season.

The key to tonight’s game may be that Brian O’Nora worked last night’s game behind the dish, so tonight’s strike zone may actually make sense…his 76% strike called accuracy rating was an abomination and worse than most weather forecasters I know.

If the Braves can force Alcantara to work up in the zone and the back half of the lineup can stay hot, I look forward to celebrating another series win. Here’s how the Braves will lineup tonight:

Happy fishing, Braves!