Phillies lead the series 2-1
WP: Kyle Kendrick (3 - 1)
LP: Alex Sanabia (2 - 4)
|2 - 7 loss|
WP: Jonathan Pettibone (2 - 0)
SV: Jonathan Papelbon
LP: Ricky Nolasco (2 - 3)
|1 - 4 loss|
WP: Jose Fernandez (1 - 2)
SV: Steve Cishek
LP: Cole Hamels (1 - 4)
|2 - 0 win|
The Miami Marlins are looking for the split of the four-game series versus the Philadelphia Phillies, and that would be a big step up from what appeared to be a ready-made sweep after the first two games. The Fish got a strong pitching performance from Jose Fernandez last night, and the team is looking for a similar performance tonight from Kevin Slowey. Facing Slowey will be Roy Halladay, who dominated the Marlins in his first start.
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Kevin Slowey has performed admirably to begin the season, clearly pitching better than anyone else in the Marlins' rotation. He had his best game as a Marlin in his last outing, allowing just one run versus the New York Mets while striking out eight and walking none. But that does not mean there are not concerns about his game. He still has only allowed three home runs despite a 32 percent ground ball rate, and the homers should come soon, especially against a dangerous Phillies lineup with some pop.
Roy Halladay has struggled mightily to begin the season, as he has a 6.74 ERA and a 5.72 FIP. His strikeouts and walks indicate a better performance, but he has been allowing a lot of home runs to begin the year; Halladay has given up eight homers in 32 innings thus far. I would say that is not a problem with the Marlins, but the Fish have hit four home runs in three games this series, so it might still be an issue. Then again, one of Halladay's best starts of the year came against the Marlins, when he threw eight innings and gave up just one run, albeit with only two strikeouts to his name.
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This lineup currently boasts only two players, Justin Ruggiano and, strangely enough, rookie Marcell Ozuna, who are projected to hit better than a .300 wOBA against right-handers. Miguel Olivo is getting his second straight start despite Rob Brantly being a better hitter versus righties. Greg Dobbs has somehow been pushed to batting sixth after the team's infatuation for him has been diminished thanks to Ozuna's presence. The Fish are putting a lot more faith in Chris Valaika than is probably correct given his projections
- I will be around for the earliest portion of the game, but I have a prior commitment to go to and will be out for most of the game.
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Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 5-0