The Miami Marlins are off to visit their expansion brethren the Colorado Rockies for a three-game set during a West Coast swing. The last time these two teams met, the Fish were in the midst of a hot month of May that included beating the Rockies in a series in south Florida that featured the grandest home run in Marlins history.
Now, the two teams are facing off with both clubs doing terribly and both disappointed in how their seasons have turned out. In the first game of the matchup, the Fish will send out RIcky Nolasco to battle Alex White.Pitching Matchup
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Call me skeptical, but Alex White shut down our offense in the last time these two teams met in May. If the team in May was shut down, imagine what this current Marlins lineup will have to face. Even if White has been a mess this season for Colorado, I still do not hold high hopes. Plus, Ricky Nolasco is pitching.
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Rob Brantly will be making his second career start, and if the game thread's speculation is any indication, there is a decent chance that by the end of tonight, Brantly will be hitting 500-foot home runs with the way he's progressing! I mean, he went from a popup out to a foul ball out to a ground out! Singles are coming soon!
In other news, Justin Ruggiano was pulled yesterday following his second PA of the game, likely due to his back spasms and oblique issues. Undoubtedly, Ozzie Guillen will be giving him some rest from that violent swing of his, but the Marlins will most certainly need his modest but regressing bat.
- If you did not catch it, here's our Marlins/Rockies series preview.
Bold Prediction: Rockies def. Marlins 6-4