Get out the broom breakers, because the Miami Marlins are looking to bust up a sweep!
It is the mathematical first half of the 2014 regular season, and the Miami Marlins are looking to get back on track in avoiding a three-game sweep at the hands of the Oakland Athletics. After two heartbreaking losses, the Fish will turn to Andrew Heaney for his third career Major League start against fellow lefty Tommy Milone.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Athletics||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Heaney has had some early trouble with home runs, as the long ball has bitten him twice in 11 innings of work so far. He'll look to get those strikeouts against an A's offense that has jumped on Miami's pitching in the first inning of each of the first two games.
Milone has been perfectly average throughout his career, and worse pitchers have made Miami's offense look foolish this season. The Fish have a high-strikeout approach, but Milone's strikeout rate has fallen over the last two years, down to under 15 percent this season.
|OAKLAND A'S||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Craig Gentry - CF||C. Yelich - CF|
|A. Callaspo - 2B||Reed Johnson - LF|
|Yoenis Cespedes - LF||G. Stanton - RF|
|Josh Donaldson - 3B||Casey McGehee - 3B|
|Nate Freiman - 1B||Ed Lucas - SS|
|Brandon Moss - RF||Jeff Baker - 1B|
|Nick Punto - SS||Donovan Solano - 2B|
|Stephen Vogt - C||Jeff Mathis - C|
|Tommy Milone - LHP||Andrew Heaney - LHP|
Welcome back Christian Yelich! Yelich returns to the top of the lineup and in center field, as Reed Johnson gets another start to give Marcell Ozuna a rare day off after a 14-inning affair. The platoon partners are also out, as Jeff Mathis and Jeff Baker are manning their respective positions after last night's extra-innings game. Ed Lucas is batting fifth in the order. God help us all.
- Can Miami stop giving up so many runs early? Six runs in the first inning in the last two games is a poor way to start the contest.
- Will the Marlins' offense respond? Yelich has returned and Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee are still playing, but the rest of the lineup looks abysmal.
Bold Prediction: Marlins def. A's 4-3