Marlins lead the series 2-0
WP: Mark Buehrle (4 - 4)
SV: Heath Bell
LP: Jamie Moyer (2 - 4)
|7 - 4 win|
WP: Ricky Nolasco (5 - 2)
SV: Heath Bell
LP: Juan Nicasio (2 - 2)
|7 - 6 win|
Get your brooms out, because the Miami Marlins are going for the sweep.
The Fish pulled out two wins on the back of their offense, but the latest victory was by the skin of their teeth, a 7-6 win including a more effective but still shaky Heath Bell outing. Tonight, the Fish look to finish things off against the Rockies as Colorado sends a youngster to the mound to face the grizzled, so-far successful veteran Carlos Zambrano.Pitching Matchup
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Carlos Zambrano had his roughest outing of May in his last start, striking out two while walking five in seven innings. Still, he only allowed two runs to the Cleveland Indians, and the Marlins were able to pull off just enough offense to steal a victory despite Zambrano's struggles. This time, Big Z gets to face a lineup that is faltering significantly, which drastically differs from the hot Indians lineup he saw last. Zambrano has done a number of things slightly different, and so far it has led to good results, so the Marlins will hope to have that carry on tonight.
Alex White has an Indians connection as well, as he was one of the four players that came to Colorado in return for Ubaldo Jimenez in the trade from last season. White was not the headline of that deal (that belongs to prospect Drew Pomeranz), but he was a solid addition who never really got to develop significantly in the minors before being shoved into the big leagues. This year, he has posted good peripherals, as evidenced by his 3.69 SIERA. Still, those peripherals seem to be poorly timed, as despite an average .309 BABIP, he still has a massive ERA.
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The Marlins welcome back Omar Infante tonight, as he returns to his typical lineup spot after a two-game absence to tend to his grandfather's funeral. Infante is back in the number two spot, and hopefully he can continue his red-hot hitting. The Fish are starting Greg Dobbs at first base to rest Logan Morrison; Morrison had started six games in a row in part due to the injury suffered by Emilio Bonifacio. Speaking of injuries, Austin Kearns is out of the lineup and day-to-day with a tight right hamstring. More importantly, I learned that Kearns would have been a Florida Gators alum like myself had he not been selected by the Cincinnati Reds with the seventh pick in the draft in 1998. Go (would-have-been) Gators!
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Rockies 6-3