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Marlins vs. Yankees: Game 68 Thread

Mat Latos makes his second start since returning from the DL against CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees at New Yankee Stadium.

I got this.
I got this.
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The Yankees were able to edge out the Marlins 2-1 last night despite their offense being largely held down by Ureña and company, so Miami will try again today to come away with a win in Yankee Stadium. Mat Latos will take the mound for the Fish whilst the veteran CC Sabathia goes for the Bombers.

Pitching Matchup

PROJ ERA FIP ERA MARLINS YANKEES ERA FIP PROJ ERA
3.47
3.09
5.44 Latos Sabathia 5.38 4.39 4.58

Sabathia is projected to be better moving forward but seems to have diminished in ability following an injury marred 2014 season. His velocity has dipped across the board, which I guess shouldn't be surprising given that he's logged almost 2,900 innings on that arm in 15 seasons in the majors. It wouldn't be shocking if he were below replacement level by the time his 2017 option vests.

Latos was phenomenal in his re-debut in Miami, striking out 11 Rockies over seven innings pitched in a winning effort. The best thing about that outing was that his velocity had returned, topping 95 MPH on his fastball. If he can muster up a repeat performance, particularly in this ballpark, Marlins fans might have legit reason to be excited moving forward. At a minimum, he will be greatly increasing his trade value, if it comes to that.

Today's Lineups

MIAMI MARLINS NEW YORK YANKEES
Dee Gordon - 2B Brett Gardner - LF
Adeiny Hechavarria - SS Chase Headley - 3B
Christian Yelich - LF Alex Rodriguez - DH
Giancarlo Stanton - RF Mark Teixeira - 1B
Marcell Ozuna - CF Brian McCann - C
Jeff Baker - DH Carlos Beltran - RF
Justin Bour - 1B Didi Gregorius - SS
Donovan Solano - 3B Stephen Drew - 2B
Jeff Mathis - C Mason Williams - CF
Mat Latos - RHP CC Sabathia - LHP

Notes:

- We've spent a lot of time following Ichiro's chase for 3,000 MLB hits but Alex Rodriguez is even closer, only 3 hits away from the mark with the possibility of reaching it today. It will be interesting to see how much fanfare the Yankees treat the moment with. Regardless of how you feel about the Miami native son, 3,000 hits is a tremendous accomplishment.

- Giancarlo Stanton needs your vote to be a starter in the All-Star Game, currently trailing Nori Aoki for the third spot. He most certainly deserves to start given his numbers, but "deserves" isn't always synonymous with the mid-summer classic. I've made no secret that I don't care who starts and would actually prefer the Royals fanbase hilariously rig the whole thing, but if it bothers you, cast your vote here for Stanton and other deserved Marlins.