After being swept by the Nationals, the Miami Marlins open the final week of the season with the first game of a three game set with the Phillies on Tuesday night. Henderson Alvarez will oppose Cole Hamels on the mound.
|PROJ ERA||FIP||ERA||MARLINS||Phillies||ERA||FIP||PROJ ERA|
Henderson Alvarez, with the exception of a pair of injuries, has had a solid year, and is looking to finish the year strong. In his last start, Alvarez went six innings and allowed two runs while striking out four against the Mets. Alvarez tossed seven innings of one run baseball in his last start against Philadephia.
Hamels is coming off of a seven inning outing against the Padres, during which he allowed one run and struck out nine. He allowed one run in seven innings in his last start against the Marlins.
|PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES||MIAMI MARLINS|
|Ben Revere - CF||Christian Yelich - LF|
|Carlos Ruiz - C||Donovan Solano - 2B|
|Chase Utley - 2B||Casey McGehee - 3B|
|Ryan Howard - 1B||Jeff Baker - 1B|
|Marlon Byrd - RF||Jarrod Saltalamacchia - C|
|Domonic Brown - LF||Ed Lucas - RF|
|Cody Asche - 3B||Adeiny Hechavarria - SS|
|Freddy Galvis - SS||Enrique Hernandez - CF|
|Cole Hamels - LHP||Henderson Alvarez - RHP|
Miami has had a difficult time scoring without Giancarlo Stanton, and will use their regular left-handed pitcher lineup on Tuesday. Donovan Solano starts at second base, with Jeff Baker getting the start at first. Jarrod Saltalamacchia sildes into the five spot, and Ed Lucas will play right field.
Enrique Hernandez will start in center while Marcell Ozuna remains out with an ankle injury.
-Can Alvarez pitch well? Henderson Alvarez has been the Marlins' most consistent arm and will look to finish the year on a positive note.
-Will Miami score early? Cole Hamels has had success against the Marlins in his career.
Bold Prediction: Phillies def. Marlins 3-2