Sosa makes his final start of the regular season when the Braves continue their three-game series with the Florida Marlins at Dolphins Stadium.
With Mike Hampton out until 2007, John Thomson still struggling to come back from a damaged finger and Horacio Ramirez enduring an up-and-down season, Sosa has emerged as one of the Braves’ most dependable starters.
“He’s got 13 wins,” Chipper Jones said of the right-hander. “That’s a difference maker with the amount of injuries we’ve had to our pitching staff this year. We were able to dip down in the bullpen and have him start—good start after good start, five, six, seven innings every time out, giving us a chance to win.”
Sosa is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in his past five starts, with the no-decision coming Sunday against Florida, when he allowed three runs in five innings of a 5-3 Braves win.
Jason Vargas will counter for the Marlins, who posted a 5-2 win over the Braves on Friday.
The rookie left-hander is 0-4 with a 5.60 ERA in his past five starts, but pitched well in a 4-0 loss to Washington on Monday, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings.
Florida will finish with a .500-or-higher record for the third straight season, a first for the franchise, which started play in 1993.