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Miami Marlins Series Preview: San Francisco Giants

In this installment of our series previews, Jesse Nadelman takes a look at the Marlins upcoming three-game set with the defending champion San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park.

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San Francisco Giants (42-35) at Miami Marlins (31-46)

Tuesday June 30th to Thursday July 2nd

Marlins Park, Miami, Florida

Game Details

Tuesday
7:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Probable Starters:
SF- Ryan Vogelsong (6-5) 4.05 ERA
MIA Mat Latos (2-5) 5.49 ERA

Wednesday
7:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Probable Starters:
SF- Chris Heston (8-5) 3.73 ERA
MIA- Dan Haren (6-5) 3.38 ERA

Thursday

12:10 P.M. E.T.
TV: FSN-Florida
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710
Probable Starters:
SF- TBA
MIA- Jose Fernandez (0-0) 0.00 ERA

Overview:

The Marlins were unable to walk away with a series win this weekend, as the club dropped two out of three games to the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Park. This series marked the fourth series in a row in which the Marlins did not win.

The Fish were totally clobbered on Friday night, falling 7-1. The Marlins would bounce back and win on Saturday behind a lights-out performance by Tom Koehler, but the club would fall 2-0 to LA in the series finale Sunday afternoon.

The Marlins will now have to deal with life without Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins star outfielder underwent hand surgery on Monday and isn’t expected to return for four to six weeks. This off-season, the Marlins made Stanton the highest paid player in baseball, giving him a 13-year $325 million dollar contract.

This, obviously, is a major blow to the Marlins, who already sit at fifteen games below .500. Stanton led the Marlins with a WAR of 3.8 this season and was hitting .265/.346/.606 before he got hurt. Stanton also leads MLB with a ridiculous amount of 27 homeruns before he was injured.

On a lighter note, the Marlins' ace, Jose Fernandez, will return this Thursday. Fernandez was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA last season, before he went down with Tommy John Surgery. He posted WHIP’s under one in each of his first two seasons.

The Marlins enter this series eleven and a half games back of the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East and they are 18-22 away from home this year.

The defending world champion San Francisco Giants will be in Miami this week coming off of a series win at home against the Colorado Rockies. The Giants have now won three straight series’ and they scored a total of nineteen runs against the Rockies this weekend.

The Giants’ offense has been one of the best in the MLB, with the team hitting .270/.331/.407 on the year, all of which rank in the top five in the National League. The team hits .284/.343/.438 on the road this year and has an OPS of .781.

The rotation has been a little worse for San Francisco this season, as Madison Bumgarner is the only Giants’ starter with an ERA under three. Tim Hudson, Ryan Vogelsong, and Tim Lincecum all have ERA’s over four and nobody in the rotation has a WHIP under 1.043.

Shortstop Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with a WAR of 3.9, followed by Buster Posey and Joe Panik, who own WARs of 3.4 and 2.7, respectively.

The Giants enter this series one game back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West and they have a record of 21-15 away from AT&T Park this season.