The Miami Marlins will look to recover from two consecutive beatdowns at the hands of the San Diego Padres as they attempt to salvage a series split today in the finale. Henderson Alvarez will be the one to stop the bleeding as he battles Robbie Erlin.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||PADRES||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Henderson Alvarez is a strange creature, but the Marlins' first two hot starters flailed against a surprising performance by the Padres' offense. The hope here is that Alvarez puts it together once again like he has in three of the last eight starts and puts up zeroes for the Fish.
Robbie Erlin will look to settle his ERA more in line with his FIP, but he may have to do better than his latest performance, when he walked four with five strikeouts but only gave up one run in seven innings of work against the Kansas City Royals.
|MIAMI MARLINS||SAN DIEGO PADRES|
|C. Yelich - CF||Will Venable - CF|
|Reed Johnson - LF||Chris Denorfia - RF|
|G. Stanton - RF||Seth Smith - LF|
|Casey McGehee - 3B||Jedd Gyorko - 2B|
|Jeff Baker - 2B||Chase Headley - 3B|
|Garrett Jones - 1B||Yasmani Grandal - C|
|A. Hechavarria - SS||Yonder Alonso - 1B|
|Jeff Mathis - C||Alexi Amarista - SS|
|H. Alvarez - RHP||Robbie Erlin - RHP|
The Marlins hand a day of rest to Marcell Ozuna, as Reed Johnson makes his second straight start. Jeff Mathis also gets the nod in the day game after the night game, while Garrett Jones gets a shot at the lefty Erlin over Derek Dietrich. Jeff Baker gets another start in his double-platoon role.
- I'll be in for today's game, who will be able to join for Late Afternoon With the Fish?
- Can Miami actually score to make this game interesting? Runs have suddenly come at a premium again while on the road and at the rough Petco Park.
- Is Alvarez the pitcher who will break the streak of "good Marlins starters struggling against a questionable Padres lineup?" Or will we have three ducks in a row in terms of performance on the pitching mound?
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. Padres 3-2