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MIAMI -- The Friday matchup between the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park doesnt have much to offer baseball fans. Saquon Barkley Jersey .The Braves (62-91) are the worst team in the National League and the second worst in the majors -- and that is after a recent hot streak.The Marlins, who havent made the playoffs since 2003, are a virtual lock to fall short yet again.Even worse for Miami (76-77) is the fact that it struggles to beat the lowly Braves, who are 10-6 against the Marlins this year.Atlanta, which beat Miami 6-3 on Thursday behind right-hander Josh Collmenter, is riding a six-game winning streak and is 18-12 since Aug. 21.If you walk into this clubhouse, you wouldnt be able to tell where (the Braves) are at in the standings -- first or last, Collmenter said. Every day the guys come in, and there is a lot of energy and excitement.So -- beyond this little Braves hot streak -- is there anything to look forward to this weekend in a series that figures to generate very little buzz nationwide or even in South Florida?Well, there are always individual numbers and individual story lines.Marlins right-hander Andrew Cashner, who starts on Friday, is nearing the end of a forgettable season. He is 5-11 with a 5.27 ERA this season. Since the Marlins acquired him from the San Diego Padres on July 28, Cashner has been even worse -- 1-4 with a 6.18 ERA in 10 games, nine starts.He likely has three more starts in his Marlins career as he will be a free agent after this season and is not expected to return. And you can bet that will be a mutual decision since Cashner doesnt like the Marlins no-beard policy.Cashners mound opponent Friday will be Braves right-hander Matt Wisler, who is 7-12 with a 4.93 ERA.Wisler has not pitched well in his four career opportunities against the Marlins, going 0-2 with a 7.56 ERA. Both of the losses came this season, when the Marlins have pounded out 20 hits in 11 innings against Wisler.Otherwise, though, Wisler has been solid this year, especially considering he is pitching for a last-place team. If he records a quality start on Friday, it would be his 15th of the season, which would tie Julio Teheran for the team lead.Wisler will face a nemesis Friday, Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich, who was eight hits in nine at-bats against him.Yelich belted his 20th homer of the season Wednesday. He is hitting .298 with a career-high 20 homers, a career-high 95 RBI and eight steals.Only three Marlins players -- Gary Sheffield, Cliff Floyd and Hanley Ramirez -- have had seasons with at least a .300 average, 20 homers, 100 RBI and 10 steals.There is still room for him (to grow as a hitter), Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of Yelich. His home run (on Wednesday) was one of the first true pull-side homers weve seen from him where he hits it clean and gets the right angle.His power is coming. Hes only going to get better. Crossing those barriers (such as 20 homers), you start to know you can. To double (his homer total from last season), your mind goes, I can do that.Another player whose confidence is growing is Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who drove in two runs Thursday and extended his hitting streak to 26 games. It is the longest active hitting streak in the majors and the longest by a Braves player since Dan Uggla had a run of 33 games in 2011. Saquon Barkley Youth Jersey . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. Evan Engram Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. http:///...-Jersey.html?cat=969 . Lack made 20 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Canucks blanked the St. Louis Blues 1-0 in the first post-Olympic game for both teams night. Well find out a lot more about where things stand in the race for the College Football Playoff when the official rankings come out next week. Leading up to the big reveal, our college football experts narrowed the field to the 10 teams with the best shot at the national title.Heres a look at Clemsons title chances; to vote for who you think will win it all, go to our poll page or scroll to the bottom of this feature:The case for ClemsonClemson has already beaten Louisville, which effectively puts the Tigers two games ahead of the Cardinals in the ACC Atlantic standings. Also, Florida State has two losses. FPI projects the Tigers to have an 89 percent chance at winning the division, the highest of any Power 5 team.-- ESPN Stats & InfoThe case against ClemsonClemsons offense hasnt been as impactful as it was last season. The Tigers rank 29th in offensive efficiency this season after ranking ninth last season.Deshaun Watson isnt performing like the QB we saw last season. He has a 75 Total QBR, 25th in the FBS; last season, he had an 87 Total QBR, which ranked fifth in the FBS. Watson also has two games in which his Total QBR was below 65. Before this season, he had zero such games in his career in games he would have qualified for the QBR leaderboard (20 action plays).-- ESPN Stats & InfoTalking pointsVegas odds:?Clemson has 8-1 odds to win the national title, according to Westgatte SuperBook. Doug Kotar Youth Jersey. hat FPI says:?According to ESPNs Football Power Index, the Tigers have a 33.2 percent chance of winning out through the regular season and conference title game, the 10th-highest percentage in the nation, and a 71.7 percent chance of winning the ACC. Their remaining schedule, which includes a matchup against No. 12 Florida State on the road, ranks as the 42nd-most difficult.ESPN Senior Writer Mark Schlabach:?The six FBS foes the Tigers have defeated this season are a combined 14 games above .500. Thats the best opponents record among the top four teams in the AP Top 25: Alabamas eight FBS opponents are 34-25, Michigans seven opponents are 27-24 and Washingtons six opponents are 16-28.ESPNs Mackenzie Kraemer:?Despite its undefeated record and inside track to win the ACC, Clemsons 8-1 odds to win the title are worse than its odds when the line opened in January (7-1). FPI gives the Tigers a 72 percent chance to win the ACC and a 33 percent chance to enter the College Football Playoff undefeated. This weeks matchup against Florida State is by far the toughest game remaining before the ACC Championship Game.Now that youre stuffed with numbers and analysis, are you convinced the Tigers are going all the way? Cast your vote below. ' ' '