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Miami Marlins Series Preview: New York Yankees

In this installment of our series previews, Jesse Nadelman takes a look at the Marlins upcoming home and home series with the Bronx Bomers.

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New York Yankees (34-28) vs. Miami Marlins (27-37)

Monday June 15th to Thursday June 18th
Monday and Tuesday: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Wednesday and Thursday: Yankee Stadium, New York

Game Details
Monday

7:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Starting Pitchers:
NYY- Masahiro Tanaka (4-1) 2.48 ERA
MIA- Tom Koehler (4-4) 4.00 ERA

(Marlins win 2-1)

Tuesday

7:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Starting Pitchers:
NYY- Nathan Eovaldi (5-1) 4.13 ERA
MIA- David Phelps (3-3) 4.11 ERA

Wednesday

7:05 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Starting Pitchers:
MIA- Jose Urena (1-2) 4.44 ERA
NYY- Michael Pineda (7-3) 3.74 ERA

Thursday

7:05 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Starting Pitchers:
MIA- Mat Latos (2-4) 5.44 ERA
NYY- CC Sabathia (3-7) 5.38 ERA

Overview:

The Marlins, after getting swept by Toronto, looked significantly better after winning three out of four games against the Rockies in Miami this weekend.

The Fish won the first three games of the series by margins of at least three runs, but then the Rockies salvaged a game from the Marlins on Sunday. Giancarlo Stanton had himself a great series, going seven for fourteen with two home runs at the plate.

As starting pitching has been the problem for Miami this season, it was much better this past weekend against Colorado. David Phelps, Jose Urena, and Mat Latos all limited the Rockies to one run or less, while each picked up a win. Friday’s shutout-win for the Marlins marked just the fourth shutout win this season for the Fish.

The Marlins' rotation, which has a 4.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP this season, will look to starters Tom Koehler, David Phelps, Jose Urena, and Mat Latos this week against the Yankees. Marlins’ starters have a FIP of 3.81 with LOB% of 71% this season.

It will be an interleague series against the Yankees, and the Marlins have already played three interleague series’ against the Rays, Orioles, and Blue Jays this season. The Fish are hitting .266/.332/.380 against the American League so far this season.

The New York Yankees will play the Marlins in a home and home set this week after dropping two out of three to the Baltimore Orioles this weekend. The last time the Yankees traveled to Miami was in 2009, when the Marlins played at Sun Life Stadium, and were named the Florida Marlins.

However, before their series against the Orioles, the Yankees had won seven of their last eight games, including sweeps of the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Yankees’ offense has really been producing this season and is the main reason the club is out to such a great start. New York is hitting .250/.317/.420 this season, all of which are at or above the league average. The Yankees are also averaging 4.7 runs created per game, which is above the league average, as well.

Mark Teixeira and Brett Gardner lead the Yankees, both with a WAR over two. Alex Rodriguez, yes A-Rod, is enjoying himself a great season, hitting .273/.374/.512, and not to mention that he is five hits from three thousand even though it is tainted.

The Yankees entered this series clinging to a half-game lead in the AL East, a division in which every team but the Boston Red Sox have a record over .500. The Yankees are 18-17 on the road this season, 16-11 at home, and have won seven of their last ten games.