The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies face off in the first game of a three-game series that may go a long way to determining the Fish's slim chances at the playoffs. Miami is down their star talent in Giancarlo Stanton, who was injured yesterday in an ugly hit-by-pitch injury. The team will have to rely on the rest of their roster to carry the load against Cole Hamels and the Phillies. Henderson Alvarez will try and do his best.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Phillies||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Henderson Alvarez quietly has had a disappointing second half, complete with poorer peripherals. But his ERA is still impressive, and he is still one of the Fish's three best starters, so he will go out and try and shut down the Phillies with the team aching for some positives.
|MIAMI MARLINS||PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES|
|Christian Yelich - LF||Ben Revere - CF|
|Donovan Solano - 2B||Cody Asche - 3B|
|Casey McGehee - 3B||Chase Utley - 2B|
|Marcell Ozuna - CF||Ryan Howard - 1B|
|Jeff Baker - 1B||Marlon Byrd - RF|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C||Domonic Brown - LF|
|Ed Lucas - RF||Carlos Ruiz - C|
|Adeiny Hechavarria - SS||Freddy Galvis - SS|
|Henderson Alvarez - RHP||Cole Hamels - LHP|
Everyone slips up one spot in the lineup with the absence of Stanton. Casey McGehee takes the third spot while Marcell Ozuna takes on the cleanup position. Christian Yelich remains in the leadoff spot.
Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 3-1