The Marlins are still being mysterious about who will start Tuesday against the Braves, and avoided questions before Monday’s game, saying nothing. But everything points to Rick VandenHurk, who started the season in the rotation. VandenHurk was demoted after two abysmal starts (0-1, 11.81 ERA) and has been pitching at Double A Carolina, where he is 3-3 with a 4.22 ERA. But VandenHurk has pitched well of late and gave up only two earned runs over his last two starts while striking out 10 and walking three over 11 innings.
VandenHurk has had success against the Braves. He won his first big league game in Atlanta when he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and left after giving up a leadoff single. He also pitched well in his last start against the Braves in 2007 when he gave up one run on five hits over five innings.