While Buehrle's 2-4 record may not indicate it, the Marlins lefty, who signed with the team in the offseason after 12 seasons with the White Sox, has pitched well for Miami. In seven starts, he has accumulated a 2.81 ERA and a respectable 1.15 WHIP.
"I can't sit here and say I wish I pitched better. This is the best I've felt in a while," Buehrle said. "The numbers are there. Obviously, the wins aren't. As a starter, if you go deep into games and keep your ERA down, you're going to have a chance to win."
After back-to-back quality starts in his last two outings, Buehrle is aiming to give the Marlins another strong effort when they open a two-game set against the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday and try to improve upon their early 3-8 record in the NL East.
Buehrle will have his hands full against a Braves offense that is second in the NL in batting average at .269 and fourth in the Majors with 196 runs scored. The offense has been keyed by leadoff hitter Michael Bourn, who is hitting .340 this season and added another three hits Tuesday against the Reds.
The Braves have won four of their last five games, and sit alone atop the NL East, with the Marlins 3 1/2 games back.
Braves: Freeman day to day
First baseman Freddie Freeman sat out Tuesday's game against the Reds and is day to day with scratches in both eyes. Freeman met with the Braves' eye doctor on Monday night and received antibiotic eye drops to help heal the scratches. As of Tuesday, the right eye was healed, but the left one was still inflamed.
"Everything is healing quickly, and that's the best news right now," Freeman said. "I'm going back tomorrow, and hopefully I'll have better news."
Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor (2-2, 6.59 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season. Minor has a 6.46 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins, with his most recent start against them Sept. 19, 2011.
Marlins: Infante breaks out of slump
Second baseman Omar Infante busted out of a 0-for-11 slump Tuesday with a 4-for-5 performance in the Marlins' win against the Pirates. The four hits, all of which were singles, tied a career high for Infante. He has recorded four hits in a game nine times in his career, with the last one coming on Aug. 22, 2010.
Infante broke the slump with a bunt for a base hit in the third inning Tuesday.
"I was looking for a little base hit, because I was 0-for-11," Infante said. "Yesterday, I looked at the third baseman. He played me behind the base. I was thinking, that's what I have to do. Sometimes I bunt for a hit."
This is the first meeting this season between the two clubs. The Braves took the season series last year, going 12-6 against the Marlins, including 5-4 at Turner Field.