Reds lead the series 2-1
WP: Tony Cingrani (1 - 0)
LP: Jose Fernandez (0 - 1)
|1 - 11 loss|
WP: Mike Dunn (1 - 0)
SV: Steve Cishek
LP: Aroldis Chapman (2 - 1)
|2 - 1 win|
WP: Alfredo Simon (1 - 1)
LP: Steve Cishek (1 - 2)
|2 - 3 loss|
The Miami Marlins are looking to pick up a split of this series with the Cincinnati Reds, and they will give it a try today with Alex Sanabia on the mound. For the Fish, this would be a nice #minorvictory to get, given that the team has yet to not lose a series this season; picking up a not-loss series is better than another beatdown from the opposing team. Standing in the way of that goal is Homer Bailey and the potent Reds offense.
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Alex Sanabia is the proud owner of two of the four total pitching wins that the Marlins have gotten. He has accomplished this by unknown, borderline nefarious means. No one understands just how he has done it given his terrible peripherals thus far. Then again, his terrible peripherals have also been confusing, as he has had good whiff numbers for the season. In short, no one understands Alex Sanabia at all.
Bailey has been a promising player for years for the Reds, but he finally turned some of that promise into goods in 2012 and he is looking to continue that in 2013. His biggest problem is the home run, as he has given up long balls at a 1.1-per-nine-innings rate for his career. Luckily for him and the Reds, the home run is the Marlins' greatest weakness, as the team has hit just four on the season.
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The Marlins are giving veterans Juan Pierre and Placido Polanco a well-deserved rest. The positive note for Marlins fans is that they get a well-deserved rest from Juan Pierre, who has been awful this season. If Chris Coghlan get anywhere close to a .313 wOBA versus righties, this would be one of the club's best lineups versus right-handers. Solano batting second and the unknown of Joe Mahoney inexplicably batting cleanup are the only two complaints near the top of the order.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Reds 3-2