After being swept at home by the Oakland Athletics, the Miami Marlins will look to bounce back in a three game series with the Philadelphia Phillies beginning on Tuesday night. Henderson Alvarez will be on the mound for the Marlins, with A.J. Burnett getting the start for Philadelphia.
In a rematch of last Wednesday's contest in Philadelphia, Alvarez will face former Marlin A.J. Burnett. Alvarez went six and two third innings while giving up one run, walking a pair, and striking out three in Philly.
Burnett yielded three runs to the Marlins' lineup in seven innings while walking three and striking out eight.
Miami has made several roster moves to keep the bullpen fresh, but an extended outing by Alvarez would be beneficial.
|Ben Revere - CF
|C. Yelich - LF
|Jimmy Rollins - SS
|Derek Dietrich - 2B
|Chase Utley - 2B
|G. Stanton - RF
|Ryan Howard - 1B
|Casey McGehee - 3B
|Marlon Byrd - RF
|Garrett Jones - 1B
|Cody Asche - 3B
|Marcell Ozuna - CF
|Domonic Brown - LF
|J. Saltalamacchia - C
|Cameron Rupp - C
|Donovan Solano - SS
|A.J. Burnett - RHP
|H. Alvarez - RHP
With the exception of Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee, scoring runs late in games has been a challenge for the Marlins. Facing the right-handed Burnett, Christian Yelich leads off with Derek Dietrich hitting behind him.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia returns behind the plate, with Donovan Solano starting at shortstop and batting eighth.
Cameron Rupp will be behind the plate for the Phillies, with Jimmy Rollins slotted in the two spot.
-Can Miami gain ground in the NL East? After facing the Athletics, the Marlins return to play within the division where they have lost ground over the last week and a half.
-Will the bullpen be a factor? The Marlins have made sure to keep the bullpen healthy, but short starts have led to several taxed relievers.
Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 2-0